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In what ways did Henry 8th attempt to extend his influence in European affairs in the year’s 1509-1529?

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In what ways did Henry 8th attempt to extend his influence in European affairs in the year's 1509-1529? In the year 1509 Henry 8th succeeded his father Henry 7th to the throne of king of England. During this time many doubts lay to whether a man of Henry 7th's stature could even be compared to any future king of England let alone being compared to a young, inexperienced and what was once said a foolish king like Henry 8th. However Henry made it clear that he had no intention of living under the shadow of his father and his more mature advisors. This decision was foreseen by Henry's early decision to marry Catherine of Aragon and the imprisonment of Epson and Dudley (high treason-extort money for the crown) proved that Henry wasn't a character to mess around with and signaled a turn that he was his own master. It was therefore not surprising that commentators of Henry's time predicted his aggressive energy would become apparent in his dealings abroad with rulers of Europe. Henry was a firm believer in the cause of chivalry and believed the king took the role of being the valiant knight. Thus meant that Henry saw himself being successful at war and although he was inexperienced his education played a vital part in his ambition. Henry's mind was influenced toward the land of France whereby his predecessors before him such as Henry V who won famous victories and whose son had the privilege of being crowned king of France and England acted as models where Henry believed that he to should have the privilege and go even further. ...read more.


Nevertheless, with Wolsey around he limited the amount of promotion through the hierarchical structure of "the chain of great being" a secured the throne for Henry. This was done, as Wolsey wasn't born in the royal family therefore for that reason Henry knew he had no claim to the throne and could never have challenged Henry to the kingdom. Despite his brilliance Wolsey wasn't experienced in foreign affairs and had to compete with the well-established experts of Louis's advisors. However, even Wolsey knew that this treaty was to be taken as no more then a bluff between two ancient counter parts. In the proceedings of Henry's domestic affairs the relations in the international scene had changed dramatically. France's king Louis XII had died and was succeeded by his nephew Francis I. Like Henry, Francis was talented, educated, and was a young King. A clash between two personalities was sensed here. This rival started by Francis challenging Henry and calling him a "young buccaneer of Europe" and by secretly marrying Henry's sister Mary with her lost love The Duke Of Suffolk. This was now twice marriage was granted without permission to which caused humiliation to Henry. With the proceedings of Mary fledging away the rest of Europe made way for another "king on the block." Charles V. Succeeded from his father Ferdinand of Spain in 1516 Charles was also continuing the pattern of young fortune with himself only being 15 yrs. Old. Ferdinand added the existing Spanish kingdoms to his burgundian lands whereby Charles also took the role of Maximillian who had also passed his time. ...read more.


Wolsey came to an end in 1529 where he was beheaded. Henry's influence in foreign affairs is said to be in dominance of Cardinal Wolsey. He was a man of great ability and when given a task he was sired to complete it to the best of his ability. It was said that that the relationship between the two was not that of a king and servant but of something else. Henry gave the task to Wolsey and Wolsey completed this, and from time to time matters had to be taken into his own hands because of the stress it would cause Henry. Wolsey was headed in 1529 because of the one promise he failed to reach which was the kingdom of France. It is said that this was never achieved because of the economic and political situation, which Wolsey couldn't control and therefore cannot be treated as his fault. Considering the circumstances England's foreign policy was considerably successful. Not only was Henry recognised equally amongst greater powers in Europe but also he gained the status in Europe he needed. However, Henry's main aim was the capture of French territory and if this wasn't to be achieved his policy was considered as a failure. From a negative point of view no land was gained apart from the minor town of Tournai, which had no real value except its recognition. This makes you wonder would Henry had sacrificed his other foreign policy objectives for the land of France? Rajpal Singh Bal Mr. Graham History Essay ...read more.

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