Henry VII's kingdom


The "War of the Roses" (1455-85) - there was a civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York. The throne changed 6 times during this period. Led to a downfall in the authority of the Crown.

Population of England was merely 2.5 million in 1500. Small population for its time.

Agrarian society = 90% of the main exports were wool and cloth.

Only Cambridge and Oxford existed: "behind the time". Henry VII was tight


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