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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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