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Describe How Henry VII Was Able To Take the Throne In 1485 &Middot; His Upbringing and Experience In Brittany.

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Describe how Henry VII was able to take the throne in 1485 * His upbringing and experience in Brittany. * The reign of Richard III. * The legacy of the Wars of the Roses. * The invasion, march and battle. * The support of the Nobility. Henry was born as the son of Edmund Tudor and Margaret Beaufort. He spent most of his youth in his home country of Wales. Following the accession of Edward IV in 1471, Henry fled abroad to Brittany because he was the only Lancastrian claimant left. Hence this would have been a strong position for Henry because he would have gained the support of many Lancastrian's. Henrys upbringing was of crucial importance in enabling him to take the throne. In Brittany he was trained up in the courts and not as a king. ...read more.

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It made the monarchy unstable and the crown changed hands five times in less than twenty-five years. The marriage of Henry and Elizabeth united the two sides and from here the Tudor age began. Generally peace was made between the two sides which would be useful if Henry made it to the throne. France and Britain had always been traditional enemies and the French wanted any opportunity to cause a civil war in England. Henry gained much support and also the use of armed forces. Doreen Digs Bury's comments "Without French support it is unlikely that Henry would have had the resources at his disposal sufficient to launch a realistic invasion of England". Henry would have had to repay the French for the support they lent him, but this support was vital for him to be able to consider a realistic invasion of England. ...read more.

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Support of the nobility itself was crucial in order to gain and remain upon the throne. Nobles each had their own private army. Without the support of nobles life could be very difficult. Many nobles disliked Richard III and were sympathetic to the cause of Henry. In the months leading up to the battle of Bosworth Field, Henry and Jasper Tudor gained the support of many influential nobles. The actions of the Stanley's prove how important this was. The key factors of Henry's rise to the throne were therefore -his gain of supporters, the continued loyalty of his fellow friends and family- (Margaret Beaufort, Jasper Tudor, John de Vere-the biggest landowner and leader of the Lancastrian's and Edward Woodville). Also the support of the Stanley's, the events listed and the general unpopularity of Richard III played very crucial parts in him becoming king. . ...read more.

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