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First Years Of The Reign Of Henry Viii Notes

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First years of the reign of Henry VIII

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! 2 parts of the early reign
‣ 1509-­‐14
‣ 1514-­‐29


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! Henry inherited a council chosen by his father
‣ Bishop Fox, Thomas Howard (Surrey), Thomas Lovell and others
‣ Shaped Henry's early reign
! The majority in the council wanted continuity
‣ Henry's early policies, however, were different -­‐ shows the impact that he had


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! Empson and Dudley were arrested 2 days after Henry's death
‣ They were executed 16 months later -­‐ used as scapegoats
‣ Indicates that Henry wanted popularity
‣ He is distancing himself from his father's reign


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! 1513 -­‐ execution of Edmund de la Pole, nephew of Edward IV
‣ Clear message about how threats to the throne would be dealt with


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! Some of Henry VII's bonds were cancelled as a gesture of good will

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‣ Yet the majority continued until their expiry in the 1520s

! The clearest example of Henry's exertion of authority was over the issue of war
‣ The old Council members wanted a peaceful foreign policy
‣ Financial and security considerations
- Cornish rebellion 1497
! Yet the king was determined
‣ Supported by nobles who saw it as a golden opportunity
- Could not do this under Henry VII
! Battle of wills between the council and Henry
‣ Council are entrenched in their views
‣ Henry wants to make an impact
- Role model of Henry V


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