Foundations of Tudor Policy

Foundations of Tudor Policy

Foundations of Tudor Policy

Foundations of Tudor Policy

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This book is the story of obscure men. Yet their work, published anonymously or surviving only in manuscript, and rarely republished in recent times, had the immediate object of implementing in theory the most momentous government decision in the Tudor period, while at the same time it succeeded in orienting the whole Tudor policy in the light of past and current thought. This would of course be the work of humanists, and their writing abundantly confirms Professor Douglas Bush's conviction that there was no appreciable break in the humanistic tradition after the deaths of More and Fisher. Evidence for this continuity has been demonstrated in the careers and personalities of these men. But throughout I have kept the larger object in view, to assess their contribution to the history of thought; and this properly constitutes the core of the book. It seemed best to deal with both of these interests chronologically and synchronously, tracing the personal careers of the humanists concerned through the years of their greatest influence ideologically, and pausing at convenient points in the narrative to discuss the nature and influence of their ideas. Thus, it will be possible to read Chapters VI, VIII, and IX, where these ideas are analyzed, without reference to biographical detail.

Two words used in the text need explanation. The current pejorative connotation attached to the word propagandist . . .

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