Facts about Henry VII

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Brief Introduction:
Henry VII was the King of England who reigned for a decent span of 24 years. He was born to Edmund Tudor and Margaret Beaufort on 28th January 1457 in Pembroke, Wales.

Fact 1:
The land of England was divided in a conflict on exercising control over the throne. Following which the battle of Wars of the roses was fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Henry was a Lancaster as well as a weak descendent to the King Edward III of England. Sensing vulnerability threatening her son, Margaret submitted Henry to the care of his uncle Jasper Tudor

Fact 2:
Henry was 14 while the Battle of Tewkesbury was progressing. The result of the battle turned out to only defeat the Lancastrians honoring the status of Kingship to Edward IV from the House of York. As many Lancastrians were being slaughtered, Jasper was forced to flee to France along with Henry.

Fact 3:
Numerous ailments clogged the health of Edward IV leading to his untimely death leaving his 12 year old son Edward V to heir the throne. The accession to the throne from Edward V was plunged by Richard III, Edward IV‘s brother. During the same juncture, Henry the only Lancastrian claimant to the throne was being inflamed by his supports to aim for the accession to the throne.

Fact 4:
Richard III was thrown out by Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field to claim the throne of England entitling himself as Henry VII. Following this, Henry became the last ruler of England who won his throne on a battlefield and was credited with the status of the first monarch of the House of Tudor.

Fact 5:
Later, Henry VII decided to enter into wedlock with Edward IV’s daughter, Elizabeth of York thereby sowing a seed to end the Wars of Roses ultimately restoring the political stability of England. The unification of the two warring houses by their marriage was reflected in their emblem which contained the combination of white and red roses which meant the House of York and the House of Lancastrian respectively.

Fact 5:
His majesty after acquiring the throne firstly initiated to refill the bankruptcy created by his predecessors. He established this by retaining the same financial advisor throughout his regime to ensure financial stability. He also charted out mechanisms toabsorb excessive money from the Nobles via ruthless taxation policies. The Nobles were also kept under consistent surveillance with a council known as the King s council.

Fact 6:
Henry VII favored peace within his borders hence his treaties ensured to add finance to the coffers of his throne or establish trade or ensure safety for the kingdom. The treaty of Etaples were formulated with the French to inhibit them from supporting the pretenders to his kingdom. The treaty of Medina del Campo was put up with the Spanish Kingdom by which a common relationship with France was established, promotion of reduction in tariffs between them and the marriage contract between Arthur Tudor, Henry ‘s eldest son and Catherine of Argon. The treaty of perpetual peace ended the longstanding warfare between Scotland and England.

Fact 7:
In order to ensure security, Henry brought shipbuilding into existence at Dry dock, Portsmouth. It is the oldest surviving dock in the world.

Fact 8:
He administered a trade relationship with Netherland for wool called the Magnus Intercurses meaning great agreement. This agreement turned out to be the one that contributed to the economic manifolds of England.

Fact 9:
The significance of Henry’s government was the assurance of peace. He scattered the justices of peace throughout his kingdom to ensure that laws were obeyed and the power and influence of every high ranking official was always scrutinized.

Fact 10:
His legal system also promised a speedy justice system with the help of smaller councils called the Privy Council. This council broke through the cumbersome activities and ensured timely justice via the court of Star Chamber.

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