Henry VII: the survivor and stabiliser

He may not win many popularity contests but, says Steven Gunn, Henry VII set the blueprint for a dynasty that was to make England a global power...

A portrait of Henry VII in 1505. His claim to the throne was tenuous and he had to see off a posse of pretenders, yet he proved a canny and competent ruler, modernising the justice system and filling the crown’s coffers. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

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