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  1. The handling of the Finances was King Henry VII's most successful domestic achievement. How far do you agree?

    An important inducement depicting this is Feudal Dues. This is where the King keen to emphasise his value as King asserted his Feudal rights upon the Nobility and set out commissions of inquiry to re-establish his Feudal rights which included Ward ship where the estates of the minors were placed under royal control of the crown until the minors came of age and during the meantime, the estates would be exploited to the maximum extent to increase the profits made by the crown.

    • Word count: 819
  2. Explain why the Corn Laws were repealed in 1846

    Peel also saw no good economic reason as to why the Corn Laws should not be repealed and it was this strategic thinking that got many on-side and enabled the repealing of the Corn Laws. Another significant reason can be traced back to the success of the 1842 budget.

    • Word count: 467
  3. Explain the role played by the Duke of Northumberland in the Edwardian religious reforms of 1550-1553

    In 1550 Bishop Ridley of London carried out a campaign to move altars away from the east end of churches and into the nave where they were used as communion tables. This was designed to stress that Christ was not actually present under the forms of bread and wine in the Eucharist ceremony, in line with the teachings of the Calvinists and other reformed churches. In January 1552, to enforce doctrinal uniformity, a new Treason Act was passed which made it an offence to question any of the articles of faith of the Church of England.

    • Word count: 613
  4. Explain the role played by Thomas Cranmer in achieving the Royal Divorce

    Furthermore, it was said that Henry had a positive duty to regain the control over church and state that was written of in the Collectania. Henry?s own notes on the document prove that he was aware of its existence and that he was intelligent enough to know what it implied. It became apparent that the only way to get a divorce would be through statute law through king in parliament.

    • Word count: 573
  5. Explain the religious reforms made by Mary I

    England was returned to the religion of the last year of Henry VIII?s reign, including transubstantiation and the Act of Six Articles In November 1554 Cardinal Reginald Pole returned to England and was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. In the same month the Second Act of Repeal recreated the Church settlement of 1547 as well as removing all anti-Papal legislation including the removal of the Act of Supremacy, thus restoring papal supremacy. In 1554 all the heresy laws were re-enacted and from 1555 were used to track down and execute those Protestants who refused to give up their faith.

    • Word count: 752
  6. Churchills attitudes towards empire was the main reason why he was out of office 1929-40. How far do you agree?

    This meant that Churchill viewed people that are not white to be uncivilised and not able to govern themselves. The government of India Act allowed more Indians the right to vote and have a federal government, which would be governed internal. Churchill viewed this as the British status and control in her empire decreasing. Other minor factors would be the abdication of the King Edward VIII, rearmament, Randolph Churchill and the tension of the Second World War. Churchill's views and attitudes of India clashed with those of the government and his own party. Churchill's behaviour to the reforms into India led to a serious of problems with Baldwin and the Conservative leadership.

    • Word count: 752
  7. Rebellions can be seen as the greatest challenge facing Henry VIIs rule 1485-1509 Explain why you agree or disagree (25 marks).

    therefore Henry knew that important people were trying to get a Yorkist on the thrown. However this rebellion may not be classed as the biggest challenge because Simnel?s army was made up of mercenaries (paid men) who could eventually leave or swap onto the King?s side, so they were not entirely faithful. Also there was poor leadership and organisation therefore Henry may not have found this rebellion challenging. Henry overcame Simnel?s rebellion by defeating him, during this process Henry became worried that his men would betray him like the Stanley brothers had done in the Battle of Bosworth.

    • Word count: 960
  8. How far does the evidence of Sources 1, 2 and 3 suggest that the early sixteenth-century Church exploited peoples religious faith to increase its own wealth?

    Both sources have implications that religious houses served the needs of the realms to gain currency. Furthermore, the descriptive irony of the word ?thieves? in contrast with ?holy? from source one mirrors the idea that the Church pretended to create a religious atmosphere through faith and good works when it fact it used people?s money to generate ecclesiastical wealth. Source three is also similar to source one as they both suggest that religious doctrine was largely driven by financial motives.

    • Word count: 912
  9. How successful were the Liberal government in the years 1906-1914 in bringing about political and institutional reform (24)

    This agrivated the Liberals, in particular Lloyd George who (in 1906[b]) needed to gain a substainstial amount of money to go towards the welfare reforms and to form the ?Peoples budget?, which was to present unprecedented tax upon the rich. He believed this would gain support from the working classes. Opposition and disgreement also arose from the liberals success in passing the trades[c] ' Bill in the trade unions dispute of 1906, conservatives and argued against it inside the Cabinet but the outcome of the Committee dealing with the Bill in August was to favour the trade unions' alternative.

    • Word count: 899
  10. A Profile of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

    Henry VII?s like the fact that Wolsey was from a humble background, as he wanted to control the nobility and so not give them much power. He appointed him Royal Chaplain. Everyone who encountered Wolsey remarked upon his intelligence and hardworking attitude. This is the main reason why he was able to rise to power. Henry VII trusted him to carry out very important tasks, such as negotiations with the King of Scotland. When Henry VII died and Henry VII inherited the throne, he also inherited his father?s staff, including Wolsey.

    • Word count: 745

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