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Did Henry VIII Inherit a Secure Throne?

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Did Henry VIII Inherit a Secure Throne? On 24th June 1509 Henry VIII inherited the English throne from his father, getting all the power that Henry VII had won at Bosworth and built up throughout his rein. To say Henry VIII inherited a secure throne he must have been in a situation where; his claim to the throne was certain, there were no threats or fear of loss of the throne and that it was a stable throne. Henrys' claim to the throne was a certain one because he had both Yorkist decent through his mother, Elizabeth of York and the Lancastrian decent through Henry VII joining both the houses. Due to his joined lines of decent it would be difficult for people to challenge him and try to take the throne by saying that Henry did not have the right family line to become King. Also Henry did not have to worry about any 'spare' brothers or ambitious sisters with plans to take the throne from him. At the beginning of his rein Henry VIII was very reliant on councillors and advisors because it was planned that Arthur would be king and Henry was not educated in the ways of leading a country. ...read more.

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The Scottish were still troublesome even though there had been a period of peace they allied with France and tried to invade England even after Margaret, Henrys' sister, married King James IV of Scotland. Also the Welsh boarder was still disorderly due to there not being a full justice system in Wales allowing English criminals to just cross over the boarder escaping justice. Many of the Marcher Lords were Roman Catholic and went against Henry during his annulment from Catherine and the English Reformation. Although there were still some Yorkist families around no major threats were made or carried through. The threats from Yorkists were minimal compared to those Henry VII faced. The Duke of Buckingham is a good example of how any possible threats were stopped. The Duke of Buckingham was a descendant of Edward III and he was one of the most powerful men in the kingdom. On at least one occasion, under the previous reign of Henry VII, had been considered a possible successor to the crown. Buckingham was seen as suspicious by Henry VIII and especially by Henry's minister Cardinal Wolsey. ...read more.

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Also trade was encouraged because this meant lots of money but England could not be too reliable on other countries for valuable resources. Duties were enforced on exports as a way of making money. Navigation Act was set up so that English ships were used before foreign ones so the English got the money from the voyage. The sale of raw wool was made illegal so that it had to be processed in England creating more jobs in England and increasing the price of it. When Henry ascended to the throne he inherited 1.5 million pounds! Henry VII spent his rein and especially the last years of his life making sure that the English throne was secure for when his heir ascended the throne and that all future Tudor generations had a secure throne. He left a safe throne, a solvent government and a prosperous and reasonably united country. The throne looked to be very secure at Henry VIII accession in 150 there were still some problems, which did not make it totally secure because he was not completely free from threats and there was always a chance he could have lost the throne. Hannah Gordon 12WJEM ...read more.

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