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How far were the rebellions faced by Henry VII driven by dynastic challenges?

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How far were the rebellions faced by Henry VII driven by dynastic challenges? In 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Henry managed to defeat Richard III (king of England at the time) and claim the throne. This was the only way he was able to become king as he had very weak rights to the throne. He experienced many rebellions in his reign but they weren't all derived by dynastic challenges. For example the Yorkshire and rebellion were both driven by the rising of taxes when Henry lacked money. However Simnel and Warbeck's rebellions both had the same aims and that was dynastic challenges. The first threat to Henry was the rebellion led by Lambert Simnel in 1486. ...read more.

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Simnel's rebellion proved that the monarchy was insecure as he did manage to achieve help from several different groups of people. Perkin Warbeck created another threat to Henry's entitlement to the throne. He arrived in Cork which was the centre for Yorkist plots. Warbeck declared he was Richard duke of York whom Henry had executed previously. After we gain support from the people in Cork, he moved on to Deal where he was attacked by local militants. This showed that not everyone was going to support Warbeck. The holy roman emperor backed Warbeck but he lacked financial aid which made it difficult for him to build up an army to overpower Henry. ...read more.

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Then Henry increased the taxes. The people didn't like this on the grounds that the majority of the wars/rebellions didn't affect them. The Cornish revolt managed to gain a lot of support in the southwest of England. They also traveled the whole way to Black heath where Henry assembled 25,000 troops to crush the rebels. The rebellion did cause quite a big threat but they only got so far because Henry was more concerned about Warbeck in the north. In conclusion the greater part of risk of the rebellions faced by Henry were driven dynastic challenges. Even though there were two big rebellions due to taxes rise they were both wiped out when Henry sent troops to deal with them. Simnel at the beginning of Henry's reign was the most significant of rebellions as Henry didn't have the loyalty of all the English behind him. ...read more.

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