The Hierarchy of Henry VII's Government

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  • The king -  made all the decisions relating to the security of the country
    • JP's - responsible for keeping law and order
    • The Royal Household - rather like servants, dealt with the king's domestic needs
      • The Privy Chamber - the heart of the household apartments, these men had the closest access to the king
        • The Groom of the Stool - in charge of the Privy Chamber - knew the king intimately!
    • Parliament - called by the monarch, usually for extra taxation to fund wars
    • The Court - functioned to entertain the king, sometimes forming small interest groups
    • The Privy Council - a group of advisers chosen by the king to act as a court


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