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Sir Francis Bacon wrote in his Advancement of Learning of the importance of biography as a branch of historical writing,
pointing out that it is individuals who direct the actions that are recounted in historical chronicles and suggesting that these
events can be best examined in the light of the…

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was his own chief counselor, a man who had no really close friends or advisers. Empson, Dudley, and others who performed
his less attractive tasks served him only as the "instrument" does the "workman." Henry's independence is clear in this
comment: "To his confederates abroad he was constant and just,…


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