Henry VII consolidation of power.

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  • Henry VII's consolidation of power
    • Dates reign a day before the battle. This means any yorkist soldier is a traitor and Henry has more control over how he chooses to punish them.
      • His first parliament Nov- Acts of Attainder- this allowed his to confiscate the property of any traitors.
        • John De la Pole is Richard III's nephew and his named heir to the throne. He was invited in the council but was involved in the Simnel plot and imprisoned and his property taken by the Acts of Attainder. Later on however he shows loyalty by refusing a chance to escape. The attainder is reversed.
    • Detains all Yorkists with a claim to the throne. e.g. Edward Earl of Warwick and Elizabeth of York and her many sisters. This means they cannot assert their claim or be married off to rivals.
      • In 1486 Henry marries Elizabeth of York- uniting the houses. Also does this after a whole year to show he is king due to his own claim/right not that of his wife (although it did help)
        • The unification of the houses embodied through the next heir Prince Arthur born in 1486
    • Coronation takes place before his first parliament on the 30th of October to show that his right to the throne is sanctioned by God not just the common laws of men.
    • Forms his government through loyal and able members of his household/key supporters. e.g 11 knighthoods, Uncle Jasper Tudor becomes Lord lieutenant of Wales, Sir William Stanley becomes Lord Chamberlain.

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