The Anti-Noble Policy Of Henry VII

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Register to read the introduction… Henry made alterations because he came to realise how high the possibility of highly powerful nobles over - powering him, threatening his throne. An example of one of these circumstances was during …show more content…
These meant that nobles were required to sign 'contracts' to the king, which, if were broken entailed prison sentences, yet in many cases were settled financially, being a hefty source of finance for Henry. Another piece of evidence on this point was the spying culture which Henry created. This included him rewarding anyone who provided un-proven information for disloyalties against him. Henrys next policy was to control noble marriages. This gave him the power to disallow marriages which could form a power block and cause a threat to his reign. The last action policy by Henry was to remove nobles from the Royal Council and to replace them with his own lawyers, thus enraging the nobility.

The reigns of King Henry VII's predecessors were clearly unstable due to many downfalls, but the one in which this essay is concerned is their instability due to the stability of the nobility. This was the main reason for Henrys actions of decreasing their responsibilities, and not because he was an anti-noble. The word 'anti', meaning against gives the assumption that he was against the nobles. Evidence
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They were needed to maintain Law and order in distant regions, such as Pembroke, meaning that, should Henry oppose the nobles to such an extent, the nobles would oppose him, with the possibility of an uncontrolled society. Henry's intelligence at firstly assessing the reigns of his predecessors before acting, portrays the idea to this essay that Henry assessed all possibilities involved with the nobility and their power, before acting, which plays a vital role in the length of his reign.

Those whom Henry sacked from his council were, in the view of many historians, unsuitable for their position, and in some way incompetent.

For Henry, the policies in which he introduced were clearly successful in securing his throne, as, although there were attempted usurptions, he remained in power until his death in ......, unlike many before him, who were forced to abdicate due to actions taken by the nobility.

The main issue brought to attention in this essay is concerning the claim that Henry was anti-noble deliberately, to secure his

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