Much historical research has altered the picture Elton reveals in his old textbook, yet in some places (as he immodestly claimed!) his judgements were "ahead of the research", in that tentative propositions in EUT have been confirmed by the work of later scholars.
Where EUT is still immensely valuable is in encapsulating the "Elton view" - of Thomas Cromwell and of the
Tudor revolution in government. No one can be in any doubt on where he stands on these - and many other -issues. He provides a yardstick against which new interpretations may be measured, thus even where he now seems wrong (quite often in fact) his words provide clear targets at which to aim. No other textbook has ever - or is ever likely to - serve this purpose. Long may it remain in print!