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

'Prestige rather than national security was the main concern of Henry VIII's foreign policy from 1529-1547'. Examine the validity of this view

Extracts from this document...


'Prestige rather than national security was the main concern of Henry VIII's foreign policy from 1529-1547'. Examine the validity of this view The main concern of Henry's foreign policy from 1529-1547 was national security. During the 1930's, much of Henry's foreign policy was distracted by reformation and as England had broken away from Rome, England was on its own and to some degree in a vulnerable situation especially when England was threatened by a Catholic crusade from The Empire and France. Henry was alarmed by this threat and used monastic wealth to build up England's defences. Henry spent a staggering �600.00 on coastal forts and on the navy; therefore, showing that during the 1930.s Henry's main concern was national security rather than prestige, because of the reaction he took by building forts and the amount of money he spent. Also during the 1930's he made an alliance with German Princes and cemented this with the marriage to Anne of Cleeves, this alliance was in order to protect Henry's national security due to the Emperor's and Frances threats and their alliance. ...read more.


The Greenwich treaty and the Battle at Solway Moss could be seen as prestige, because the battle showed Henry to be victorious, but it did give Henry the opportunity of a Untied Kingdom idea as Henry had the opportunity to permanently defend his national security at the North. Also the Greenwich treaty would help England's security for the future, as there would be an alliance between England and Scotland due to the marriage. Also how can Henry really gain glory from invading Scotland, if he really did want to gain glory and prestige, it would be gained from invading a great power for example France, therefore, showing once again that Henry's main concern when invading Scotland was national security. When Henry invaded France in 1544, his main concern was national security as France had been a traditional enemy and invading France would be seen as a glory war, but this came second in his foreign policy, as France had threatened England with crusades in 1540's, therefore, he had to protect his security, by striking first. ...read more.


The aspect of prestige came as a result of the actions that Henry did with the invasion of France and the Battle at Solway Moss, it wasn't his main concern or intention However, I wouldn't stay that during 1529- 1547, Henry's main concern was national security for his foreign policy, put other factors like succession came into play, because compared to the other great powers of Francis I and Emperor Charles, Henry was a minor, therefore, capturing Bologne and invading France and Scotland would improve his succession and make him into a great power. Also dependable on the situation Henry concerns for his foreign policy may have been different every time, and also his main concern for his foreign policy may have been all the factors of Great Power, Succession, prestige and National security, all together. When he invaded France it was because he would gain glory from attacking a great power, but also because he wanted to secure his national security and his succession. ...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

    pope, France, Venice, Florence and England against Charles to maintain a balance. An argument against the success would be that he went to war with France upsetting the balance furthermore. To sum up it was a success until Charles V arrived then he upset the balance of power to much.

  2. Henry VIII'S Foreign Policy.

    As Steven Gunn has pointed out, Henry was very flexible regarding his claim to the French throne and, in this period at least, tended to use it as a negotiating device.

  1. Britain went to war in 1914 to maintain power and prestige: assess the validity ...

    Furthermore, the importance of the notion of the balance of power in Europe, a factor which had been at the centre British foreign policy for much of the preceding century, must be acknowledged. Staying out of the war would mean allowing Germany to advance into Belgium and thus into France,

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

    not only the partition of India but also the swiftness with which it was achieved. Bevin's response to other problems in the Middle East adds to the case for his defence. Preceding the First World War, Britain had secured a mandate over Palestine, but by the 1930s there were calls for a Jewish state to be established in the area.

  1. Warner Bros.' GoodFellas (1990) is director Martin Scorsese's stylistic masterpiece - a follow-up film ...

    Impatient with the delay while watching the commercial in the front of the salon, Jimmy moves to the back of the store and wraps a telephone cord around Morrie's neck to strangle him: "You got money for that f--king commercial of yours."

  2. Assess the validity of the view that the Rump and Barebones parliaments had no ...

    The conservatism of the Rump disappointed and embittered radicals who had expected Charles I execution and the creation of the Commonwealth to be followed by a social and religious reformation. But as Smith admits this was only a "zealous minority" and very few supported these radicals.

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