Henry VII’s brilliant upstarts

In 1485, the first Tudor king did something unusual: he invited a new wave of lowborn henchmen to England's court. What they lacked in breeding, these men made up for in talent. But, says Steven Gunn, Henry's meritocracy wasn't popular with all...

A painting of King Henry VII with two of his councillors Sir Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley. From ‘The National and Domestic History of England’ by William Aubrey, published in London c1890. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

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