‘Was Henry VII an Innovator?
Henry VII born on the 28th of January of 1457 and died on the 21st of April of 1509 was the first of five Tudor kings and queens that ruled England for around 120 years, quite short for that time, but they become one of the most famous dynasties of Europe’s history. Henry VII took the throne after a battle against the former king Richard III whose forces outnumbered Henrys by two to one. Henry VII had a couple of big problems, one of them was that there were people that had a stronger claim to the throne than he did, his only claim was that god let him win the battle, therefore the nobility didn’t respect him at the beginning of his reign. Another of the problems he faced was the fact that he feared a lot about his security and about his son, and in order to keep his family and himself safe, he signed treaties with other countries so they didn’t attack each other because Henry, not being a conventional king, preferred peace than war. The fact that he didn’t like war could have been because he was extremely short of money, and as wars cost a lot of money, he might have preferred not to fight in any wars, he was in that way independent from the rest of Europe. The fact that he didn’t have money was probably the problem that worried him the most because without money he couldn’t afford security or to raise a country like it is needed. During this essay the questions that will be discussed will be ‘Was this a new monarchy? and ‘Was Henry VII and innovator? But as said before, his biggest problem was money.
From the first day Henry Tudor came to power, he was extremely short of money and he knew money was important to rule a kingdom. He had lived in exile from Brittan for most of his life in a fairly poor way for a nobleman. With finance being his greatest and closest problem, he decided he had to look more closely at his accounts; he took care of his money personally. He developed and updated what Eduard IV had made, what was called...
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