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Assess The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Henry VIII 1509-1515

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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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Peter Oliver-Smith 4/11/02

Assess The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Henry VIII 1509-1515

There are many differing views of Henry VIII, some people see him as a scholar and others as a jovial and merry king. Each of these opinions views different characteristics of Henry VIII that contributed to his strengths and weaknesses. Henry, when he succeeded the throne had several problems that he had to address. There was also much expectation of him as his father had been viewed as a miser and a repressor and people saw the need for dramatic change. Ian Dawson says that at the change of monarch there was a "sense of breaking free from imprisonment" so much was the relief of Henry VIII 's succession.

One of the most obvious strengths Henry had was this enthusiasm to his reign, people supported him and there was no threat or opposition to his coronation. He was a young man coming up to the age of 18. He was intelligent and dynamic and keen on kingly sports such as jousting, which have contributed to a popular image of him. Thomas More said of him "our king does not wish for gold

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