Henry VII and the Reformation
* Making peace: Married Elizabeth of York to bring York and Lancaster together. Tudor Rose. Gave a pardon to Yorkists in return for their loyalty.
* Money: Kept England out of wars. Tax collection-he made the system more organised and efficient. He took a personal interest in tax collection- he signed the accounts!. “Loans” taken from nobles. Huge fines in Star Chamber. Treaties with Spain and France encouraged trade as well as arranging marriages. Taxes were ruthlessly collected ending with Henry getting the reputation as being a King that loved money above all other things.
* Law and order: Henry strengthened the Law by creating Justices of the Peace (local judges) who had the power to arrest suspects and put them on trial.
* Powerful Nobles: Henry made the nobles give him “LOANS” of large sums of money. Henry did not repay these loans. This INCREASED Henry‟s wealth and DECREASED the wealth and power of the Nobility. Henry outlawed private armies. All soldiers were then commanded by the King. The Court of Star Chamber was created specifically for nobles that committed crimes. Henry was the Judge. The punishments were huge fines.