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Henry the Seventh

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Henry the Seventh by James Gairdner is a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the life and reign of one of England's most underrated monarchs. Gairdner's meticulous research and clear writing style make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in British history.

The author delves into Henry's upbringing, his rise to power, and his innovative approach to governance. Gairdner sheds light on Henry's complex personality, portraying him as a shrewd and determined ruler who successfully navigated the turbulent political landscape of his time.

One of the book's strengths is its detailed examination of Henry's foreign policy, particularly his careful balancing act between France and Spain. Gairdner also offers fresh insights into Henry's relationships with his advisors and his family, painting a nuanced portrait of a man who was both visionary and practical.

Overall, Henry the Seventh is a must-read for history buffs and scholars alike. Gairdner's thorough research and engaging narrative style make this book a compelling read that sheds new light on a pivotal period in English history.

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Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, less known than his son, Henry VIII, or granddaughter Elizabeth I, is often overlooked. This King toppled the ruling House that had held England's throne for over four hundred years, the Plantagenets, and took a divided, war torn country and made one of the richest in Europe by the time of his death in 1609. Henry VII’s reign was characterized by thrift, prudence, and cool-headed political strategies. The author, James Gairdner , was a British historian. He specialized in 15th-century and early Tudor history. - Summary by Cavaet

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