History of the Reign of King Henry VII

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History of the Reign of King Henry VII is a 1622 work by the English writer Francis Bacon. It charts the reign of the first Tudor monarch Henry VII who took the throne from his rival Richard III in 1485. At the time of writing Bacon had recently fallen from political power, and completed the work in late 1621 and sent a copy to James I, it was published the following year.[1]

The book remains his only completed work of history.[2] At the request of Charles, Prince of Wales he began work on a follow-up account of the reign of Henry VIII, but only completed a brief introduction.[3]

Bacon's portrayal of Henry was extremely influential for the following three centuries.[4]

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  1. ^ Peltonen p.235
  2. ^ Peltonen p.12
  3. ^ Peltonen p.235
  4. ^ Chrimes p.xi


  • Markku Peltonen. The Cambridge Companion to Bacon. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • Stanley Bertram Chrimes. Henry VII. University of California Press, 1972.