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Tudor Statesmen 1485-1603



While the Tudor monarchs were very much rulers, having the final say on almost everything, they did not rule alone. They all had a Chief Minister who helped them to rule and a Privy Council to help them make decisions. Parliament was much less important in the Tudor period that it is now. Parliament passed laws and raised taxes but was only held when needed. Consequently there could be months or even years between Parliaments.

Below are some of the most important statesmen of the Tudor Period. Both Henry VII and Elizabeth I rewarded their long serving ministers but Henry VIII executed most of his!



Morton

JOHN MORTON
(C.1420-1500)

Chief Minister to Henry VII
Built Lamberth Palace

Empson

RICHARD EMPSON
(c.1450-1510)

Chief Minister to Henry VII
Executed by Henry VIII

Dudley

EDMUND DUDLEY
(c.1462-1510)

Chief Minister to Henry VII
Executed by Henry VIII

Wolsey

THOMAS WOLSEY
(c.1473-1530)

Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Built Hampton Court Palace

More

THOMAS MORE
(1478-1535)

Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Executed by Henry VIII

Cromwell

THOMAS CROMWELL
(c.1485-1540)

Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Executed by Henry VIII

Wriothesley

THOMAS WRIOTHESLEY
(c.1505-1550)

Chief Advisor to Henry VIII

Seymour

EDWARD SEYMOUR
(c.1500-1552)

Lord Protector under Edward VI
Executed in 1552

Dudley

JOHN DUDLEY
(1504-1553)

Lord Protector under Edward VI
Executed by Mary I

Gardiner

STEPHEN GARDINER
(c.1483-1555)

Lord Chancellor to Mary I
Secretary to Henry VIII

Paulet

WILLIAM PAULET
(c.1483-1572)

A Chief Advisor to Mary I
Lord Treasurer to Elizabeth I

Cecil

WILLIAM CECIL
(c.1520-1598)

Chief Minister to Elizabeth I
Lord Treasurer

Walsingham

FRANCIS WALSINGHAM
(c.1532-1590)

Secretary to Elizabeth I
Spymaster

Cecil

ROBERT CECIL
(c.1563-1612)

Chief Minister to Elizabeth I
(Later to James I)

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