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Destined for success. To what extent do you agree that this is a fair summary for the start of Henry VIIIs reign?

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History Essay: ?Destined for success? ? To what extent do you agree that this is a fair summary for the start of Henry VIII?s reign? Henry VII a King described to be compared to a toddler learning to ride a bicycle; after many falls and uncertainties he finally found stability. However he became King of England in 1485 after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, meaning he was the Lancastrian champion against the Yorkists (War of the Roses). He took over a country damaged and torn from many years of war and instability, the Crown had changed hands six times from the time of Henry VI?s mental breakdown in 1453 to Henry VII?s victory. It was clear that Henry VII had some job to do in order to consolidate the country and frankly keep the throne. The best asset Henry VII had was that he was able to spot what problems the country had and was to try and solve them; he first saw that the crown had not seen true stability since the reign of Edward III all the way back in 1327-1377 in which the successor of him Richard II was to blame for the many years of conflict in the War of the Roses where Henry VII was to end it all. ...read more.

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and Arthur this conjured up a strong alliance with the seen most dominant power, Spain. It was evident Arthur had learnt all he knew from his weary father. Following Arthurs death, Henry VII?s third child became heir and would come to the throne in 1509 at just 17 years old. He was somewhat unprepared for the position, as it had been intended that he would pursue a clerical career and perhaps become Archbishop of Canterbury. This lack of preparation and education is seen in the heavy influence during the early years of Henry's reign of older statesmen such as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Many in England believed that the succession of Henry VIII would usher in a less austere era than the one Henry VII had ruled over. While Henry VII was seen as being a less than colourful character, Henry VIII was viewed as the opposite and many hoped that the whole royal court would become a more colourful environment. Arthur received the education and training that a future king required while Henry effectively stayed in the background. Arthur?s unexpected death meant that Prince Henry had to learn quickly about the task of kingship. ...read more.

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He gave his son an inevitable successful. Henry VIII inherited a state that was united and behind the monarch, a state that had a decent European reputation, a monarchy that was wealthier than it had been for centuries, a nobility that had been tamed and made to work for the Crown and a system of government that was competent and effective. A country not at war, was solvent was not racked by faction, that was more centralised in its administration than ever before. Henry VII was about “gold or gems or precious stones” whereas Henry VIII was about “Virtue, glory and Immortality, showing that Henry VII was concerned with giving England a wealth and stability within that wealth unlike his naïve son he was only concerned for himself and spending all his ‘fathers money’. “the crown was vastly stronger than it had been in 1485, but it was no nearer to being absolute” it was safe to say Henry VIII wasn’t walking in to a weak state, his father might not of fully perfected England but then what country is exactly ‘absolute’ even to this modern day. He did everything a king should do and the things that are frowned upon had to be done for the benefit of England. ...read more.

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