The Yeomen of the Guard and the Early Tudors: The Formation of a Royal Bodyguard by Anita HewerdineThe Yeomen of the Guard and the Early Tudors: The Formation of a Royal Bodyguard by Anita Hewerdine

The Yeomen of the Guard and the Early Tudors: The Formation of a Royal Bodyguard

byAnita Hewerdine

Hardcover | June 15, 2012

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The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard is the world's oldest surviving royal bodyguard, having been founded by Henry VII in 1485. Today it is purely a ceremonial body, but in the past it was a true bodyguard and the nucleus of a fighting force at a time when England had no standing army. Nevertheless, even in its early years, its ceremonial role was also of great importance, supplying a richly arrayed retinue to enhance the King's status. Anita Hewerdine here provides the first comprehensive study of the early years of the Yeomen of the Guard during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, examining the variety of roles performed by the Guard, both within and outside the Court, as well as detailing the apparel worn by the yeomen and the weaponry with which they were equipped. Hewerdine's book is the result of intensive research, using numerous unpublished documents, as well as a variety of printed sources not readily accessible to the general public. It will be essential reading for researchers of Early Modern Military History and sheds light on a previously overlooked aspect of the Tudor Court.

Anita Hewerdine holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Title:The Yeomen of the Guard and the Early Tudors: The Formation of a Royal BodyguardFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.93 × 5.64 × 1.29 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:184885983X

ISBN - 13:9781848859838

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Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction: The Foundation of the Guard * Constitution, Reforms and Remuneration * Duties * The Clothing and Accoutrements of the Guard * Ceremonial Events * Military and Naval Activities * The Role of the Guard in the Provinces * Private Lives and Occupations * Bibliography