• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the view that Henry VII defeat of the pretenders was the most important contribution factor to his security.

Extracts from this document...


Discuss the view that Henry VII defeat of the pretenders was the most important contribution factor to his security. Through the reign of Henry VII there were many dangers, which threatened to take his throne away. But once the threats were dealt with it would contribute to his security. Pretenders in henrys case were people who impersonated particular people to challenge him. The two main pretenders that had caused Henry a lot of trouble were Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck. They presented such a dangerous challenge to his hold on the crown both because of their entanglement with other European states, particularly Burgundy, and because they lingered on for such a long time. Lambert Simnel was a striking resemblance of the Earl of Warwick, and so he claimed to be this grandson of Edward IV. ...read more.


Perkin Warbeck Like Lambert Simnel, claimed to be an heir to the throne of England. And like Simnel had the backing of a foreign country. This time it was France. The French King, Charles VIII was eager to distract Henry away from his designs on Brittany. In addition, Warbeck also secured Scottish aid. James IV welcomed Warbeck in 1495, marrying him to a rich Scottish aristocrat. However, in 1497, Henry renewed a truce with Scotland and James was forced to abandon his Flemish pretender. Warbeck fled to the south of England, and was arrested while trying to escape from the port of Southampton. Initially, Henry showed clemency. But he abused this clemency and was executed in November 1499. From both examples of pretenders, both have a specific point in which they have in common, they both needed the backing of foreign countries. ...read more.


Pretenders were only a small obstacle that Henry had to go through, although, it was significant because it caused a lot of trouble to Henry e.g. battle of stoke. And when it was sorted out it gave Henry a sign of relief due to the fact that it had all dragged on so much, and this may have frightened Henry as it showed how easily trouble could be caused from people with foreign support. The defeat of the pretenders is relatively important to contribute to security, as it is almost a test and Henry had to show that he could handle them, which showed he was a strong and able king. Nobles the most important contributor to security, may then admire and give respect to Henry, which in turn improves the loyalty of the nobles and reducing their misbehaviour. So it could also be argued that with respect given from the nobles due to the defeats of the pretenders the overall stability would improve. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics essays

  1. Were the pretenders a serious threat to Henry VII's throne?

    offers a pardon to all involved, if they gave the pretence up immediately. However this is ignored, so he produces the real Earl of Warwick from the tower and paraded him around London, but still they did not end. These passive acts obviously did not work, so Henry begins to gather troops and sets off to meet Simnel.

  2. Was Lambert Simnel a greater threat to the security of Henry VII than Perkin ...

    With Lambert Simnel, Henry proved that Simnel was bogus by parading the Earl of Warwick through the streets of London, which was unsuccessful as many people wanted to believe Simnel. But the Battle of Stoke and how Henry reacted shows how compared to Warbeck, Simnel was a great threat to Henry's security, because Simnel took Henry to battle unlike Warbeck.

  1. How dangerous were the threats to Henry VII's government?

    Support also came from around 100 banished Yorkists living in France. France though, signed the Treaty of Etaples in 1492 with England and Warbeck had to flee to Flanders where he received support from Margaret of Burgundy. The Holy Roman Empire soon pledged his support to Perkin Warbeck's cause as well.

  2. How much of a threat to Henry VII’s throne were the pretenders Lambert Simnel ...

    He gained little local support so his ability to usurp Henry's throne by force was not a threat. He did though gain refuge in Scotland with the support of James IV. Henry planned to invade Scotland but the military forces required were occupied with the Cornish Rebellion.

  1. Explain why Perkin Warbeck remained a threat to the security of Henry VII for ...

    Threats in military terms from Perkin Warbeck during this period may be largely attributed to foreign support. Indeed, Warbeck potentially had concern also from nobility such as Sir William Stanley, as Margaret of Burgundy, sister of Edward IV, proclaimed him as her long-lost nephew.

  2. This essay examines the actions of Charles VII in relation to events pertaining to ...

    Charles was also aware of the Anglo-Burgundian alliance thus his further desire to make peace with the Duke. If the English army no longer had their support, they would not survive much longer as most of the allied troops

  1. How serious a threat did the pretenders pose to Henry VII's crown?

    Symonds helped by John de la Pole (an influential yorkist), took Simnel off to Ireland, a yorkist stronghold, where he was presented as Edward VI to the Earl of Kildare newly escaped from the Tower, the Irish happily accepted Symonds story.

  2. Henry was threatened several times during his reign all of varying seriousness. The pretenders ...

    Warbeck was a constant threat to Henry, unlike Simnel due to his hesitance to become involved in battles. Although at points during the 8 years Warbeck was simply a nuisance in foreign affairs and therefore foreign policy at times he presented a large problem for Henry.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work