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

How Far do you agree that Foreign Policy failed from 1515-1529 failed to make England stronger as an international power?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Far do you agree that Foreign Policy failed from 1515-1529 failed to make England stronger as an international power? Initially, Henry and Wolsey created a reasonable foreign profile. They managed to maintain this for 10 years until 1525. However a massive decline occurred subsequently it wasn't long before the pair found themselves out of the Major League of European Countries and neither France nor Spain cared who it made allegiances with. England was at a disadvantage from the outset; with very limited resources compared to France and Spain. Alone England didn't stand much chance of survival and therefore it was vital that England formed alliances with other international powers. On august the 15th 1521, Henry VIII and Emperor Charles V formed a secret treaty known as 'The Treaty of Bruges'. ...read more.

Middle

This was a universal peace collective and signed by all major leaders. This gave England support from over countries and also made them noticed. It was a non aggressive treaty and agreed that none of the countries would attack one another, and if they were, they were support one another. This was 'Wolsey's finest hour.' It reflected glory upon Henry VIII, putting the pair in good terms with one another as well as with all other major countries. It also meant that if any country broke away from the treaty, then war would b veiled upon them. However, at the same time it wasn't entirely successful. It only lasted for a short time and inevitably war broke out from an alliance between Spain and England against France. Another very important affair to mention was the 'Field of The Cloth of Gold' which occurred from June 7th to June 24th in 1520. ...read more.

Conclusion

In summery this lost England support of Charles V which inevitability meant the only way was to make a peace treaty with France. 'The Treaty of More,' in 1525. Meanwhile again Wolsey's attempts failed. France undermined England and formed an alliance with Charles V leaving England no stronger than to begin with. A long term affect of this, is that it meant Henry lost his trust in Wolsey causing the downfall in 1529. As well very importantly was Henry's divorce to Catherine of Aragon and its international relevance. Catherine's nephew was Charles V, a may with great power. He threatened the Pope to not go ahead with the annulment. Wolsey was in a predicament, if he allowed the annulment his own life was in risk, but the time he wasted trying to decide one way another outraged Henry emphatically. So much so that Henry stripped him from his title. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    How successful was English foreign policy in the years 1509 1529?

    4 star(s)

    Charles' response was that in 1527 he marched into Rome and captured Pope Clement VII - because of this Wolsey's alliance collapsed - and Charles was left pulling all the strings. Because of this, Wolsey was becoming increasingly unpopular - his policies had failed and had proved expensive; an expense

  2. Marked by a teacher

    'In His Domestic Policy Between 1515 and 1529 Wolsey Promised Much But Achieved Little' ...

    4 star(s)

    He had to keep in regular contact with Henry, he didn't want it to seem like he ran the country. John Skelton's poem 'Why come ye not to court?' almost summed up Wolsey's control whilst the King was out of town.

  1. Constitutional Nationalism succeeded in achieving its aims whereas revolutionary nationalism failed and cultural nationalism ...

    One of the first cultural nationalists was Thomas Davis and Young Ireland. Young Ireland was a radical Irish nationalist movement founded by a group of Irish intellectuals in 1841.

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

    Henry sent the 6,000 men to Brittany, however Henry found himself let down by his allies. Maximilian was unreliable because of commitments to the Hasburg Empire, and the Spanish sent a force of 2,000 in 1490 but they had priorities against the Moors of Granada.

  1. With what success did Wolsey pursue his aims in foreign policy?

    of The More, despite the Anglo-Habsburg dynastic ties, the importance of safe guarding cloth trade and hostile public opinion. In 1526 he joined the anti-Habsburg League of Cognac. However, when Charles's troops captured Rome it ruined chances of an easy divorce, economic warfare erupted in 1528 badly affecting England's cloth

  2. Is it fair to describe Bevin as a great foreign secretary?

    To ensure a British withdrawal by 1947, Bevin's decision in backing Lord Mountbatten with full negotiating powers was crucial, as any other decision would almost certainly have meant the outbreak of civil war and the deaths of millions. British withdrawal witnessed India become the world's largest democracy.

  1. With What Success did Wolsey pursue his aims in foreign policy

    This treaty had not only secured safety of England from attack in the near future but also boosted England into the forefront of European diplomacy and drew her out of isolation, making her a desirable ally. This is well illustrated by the Anglo-French treaty signed two days afterwards.

  2. The British reforms to change India failed because the British would sometimes use force ...

    which had a large community of Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus who distrusted each other. Now the Indian Government relied entirely on the Indian Army to keep the peace as the British had been forced to fight elsewhere in World War One.

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