The court was a magnet which attracted men and women from all over the kingdom. Henry VII did not forget his Welsh roots, and every St David’s Day his Welsh servants were given forty shillings to assist with their celebrations.1 When Henry VIII took his huge following to the Field of Cloth of Gold, every English county was represented among the gentlemen of his train. However, the court did not rely for its impact simply upon its power to attract, it also moved about. This mobility varied greatly from one reign to another. Henry VII had commenced his reign by making a Grand Tour of the realm, going north by way of Lincolnshire to reach York in March 1486, and returning by the western route, going as far south as Bristol. The purpose of this journey was mainly to show himself to his new subjects, and encourage them to make their personal submissions, if they had previously been in the service of Edward or Richard. Henry VIII moved restlessly, but mainly in the south and east of the country. He hardly ever ventured further west than Portsmouth, and only once went north of the Trent, when he visited York in 1541. Edward VI made only one progress during his relatively short reign, and Mary made none at all, although she did travel to Southampton in July 1554 to meet her bridegroom, and to Dover in August 1555 to see him off.
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