Title

Of Good Name and Fame in the Countrey’: Standards of Conduct for Henry VII’s Financial Officials

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Journal

Historical Research

Volume

82

Issue

217

First Page

547

Last Page

559

URL with Digital Object Identifier

doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2009.00487.x

Abstract

Over the past forty years historians have argued at length about the nature and function of Henry VII's chamber machinery. This article looks at some of these issues through the lens of two documents produced by auditors in the office, one a comment on a 1512 statute, the other a pay dispute. It argues that attention to the personnel who made up the office and their assumptions and expectations suggests that while Henry VII did innovate in his methods and processes, such innovation had always to contend with the traditions of the office and the needs of the common law.