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This essay will be based around the Government of Henry VII and will view aspects of it. It will examine whether it was efficient, just, and whether or not it was popular with people, circulating around the idea of whether it was a success or not.

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How successful was Henry VII's Government This essay will be based around the Government of Henry VII and will view aspects of it. It will examine whether it was efficient, just, and whether or not it was popular with people, circulating around the idea of whether it was a success or not. Henry came to power on 22nd August 1485, after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. However this did not signify the end of the Wars of the Roses. Henry, originally born in Wales, Henry then fled to France, but came back to stake a claim in the throne. With the ideas that a financially secure King was also seen to be a strong one, money was an integral part of Henry's survival. Henry having come from Brittany had no idea of finances and the world of Kingship in England. He was also more preoccupied with securing his position upon the throne. Thus the finances suffered a due blow, the finances would have broken down altogether if the exchequer had not served it's purpose as guardian of the royal finances. With this the crown's income per year fell from �25 000 at the end of Richard III's reign to �11 700 in Henry's first year as ruler. ...read more.

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Extraordinary revenue consisted of money which was received or given to the King only in special circumstances these included Parliamentary grants, for things such as wars, they also consisted of loans and benevolences and clerical taxes. During Henry's reign only seven Parliaments were called in most of these cases it was in order to submit a request for a parliamentary grant or to pass an Act of Attainder. In Henry's reign each call of Parliament only lasted for about a couple of weeks. Parliament was much the same as it is now, it was divided into two sections, the lords and the commons, however the commons had virtually no power and were onlookers in certain cases. The Parliament altogether was really used as an instrument to raise taxes for the King. Lords were made up of two sections the Lords Spiritual and Temporal. The Lords Spiritual being the clerics and the Temporal being the peers. Henry sustained local gentry as magistrates, handing out Justice within their localities. These people were part of what was known as the Justice of the Peace. The magistrates were appointed yearly and were only allowed to pass judgement on non-capital cases. ...read more.

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Therefore Kildare was reinstated and the main power again lay with the Anglo-Irish Chieftains in Ireland. For the period that the government was in Henry's government proved to be very efficient increasing by far the amount of incoming revenue, this is proved as Henry died solvent. It is also proved to be in some circumstances too effective as Dudley and Empsom found out, with their lives, in honouring the King and make his finances seem more with fraud, his successor Henry VIII then executed them from an outcry from the Nobles. Henry did not make the mistake of granting too much power to any one noble, distributed power evenly and cautiously with great effectiveness, thus securing his power. His government and administration can also be seen as a success as he was able to hand his crown down to his son and heir Henry VIII. This had not been done for quite some time and shows that Henry VII had finally placed some kind of stableness in the country of England. Henry's basic aim's were to secure power, in which he did and achieve financial stability, which he also achieved. However I do no think that he intended of creating the start of a New monarchy in the respects of changing things for the future. He just changed things to benefit himself and his government. ...read more.

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