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

Henry VIII's Foreign Policy 1509-1524.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How far do Sources 1, 2 and 3 suggest that Henry VIII's Foreign Policy in the years 1509-1524 followed consistent aims? Source 1 agrees that Henry's did follow consistent aims and Henry VIII had one goal target in his foreign policy whilst sources 2 and 3 especially, argues that Henry but could not agree one goal to pursue involving foreign policy. Source 1 in particular claims that Henry poured much dedication and time into ensuring that England went to war against France. "The king" writes letters to "the pope, the emperor and the Venetians" declaring his "steadfast intention and strong provision to wage war against France" suggesting that Henry VIII's main goal was to attack France as he repeats his exact intentions to three separate individuals. ...read more.

Middle

We can see King Henry strongly suggesting that he consistently wanted to defeat the French as he writes to the Venetians to try and disband the newly formed league between Venetia and France. As the Milanese ambassador is writing at the time these letters had been sent he carries alot of weight with Source 1 as it clearly states the purpose of the letters and they lead to one clear goal which is to invade France. Source 3 shows Cromwell trying to persuade Henry to go against his plans to take over France but to redirect his attentions to Scotland. Cromwell suggesting that Henry "converts first and chief his whole intent and purpose" suggests that Henry was so determine to wage war against ...read more.

Conclusion

Source 2 also suggests that the King was not so rivalled with France as a contemporary account shows that Henry pitched his marquee near where the French king had been staying, although this could be seen as showing off and is multifaceted it can also be seen as Henry trying to break down the existing barriers to focus on the celebration of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Overall, there is enough agreement in all three sources to suggest that Henry VIII's foreign policy in the years 1509-1524 followed consistent aims. This is a view most strongly and optimistically supported by source 1, slightly confirmed by the accounts described in source 2 but largely denied by source 3. ...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. Henry VIII foreign policy

    The battle of Flodden in 1513 is also a good example because James IV dies along with many of his nobles weakening Scotland. However it could be seen as a mockery towards Henry as Catherine is the person who led the fighting why he is fighting in France.

  2. Henry VIII'S Foreign Policy.

    major renversement des alliances, was that Charles V failed to fulfil his part of the bargain by being a useful ally -- in this instance, by supporting Henry's search for an annulment from Pope Clement VII to his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

  1. "An exercise in Dynastic Consolidation" - How far is this an accurate description of ...

    The Treaty of Etaples was created in 1492, so France paid England off, so they could concentrate on problems in Italy. France also promised not to aid any pretenders to the throne, especially Warbeck. This dispute over Brittany was a major part in Henry's first phase of foreign policy; developing diplomacy.

  2. King Henry VIII.

    But, in the second place, it created a real personal problem for the King: earlier, in his book Assertio septem sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum (1521), he had attacked Luther and had expressed a profound devotion to the papacy and had been rewarded with the title of Defender of the Faith.

  1. How far did Henry VIII achieve his aims 1509 - 1514?

    the Holy Roman Empire had recently made peace with Spain, as Henry had already spent a million pounds on the wars, he was persuaded out of it, by Wolsey. This meant that Henry had to settle for the relatively minor victory, compared to Henry V's.

  2. What Methods did Henry VIII and Wolsey use to achieve the aims of Foreign ...

    However Henry VIII's campaigns achieved few solid gains and often benefited his allies significantly more than it benefited him. His allies were often self-interested, manipulative and unreliable. However in the same way Henry was never very reliable and could not support his allies through long campaigns due to lack of money and resources.

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