Henry VII's Consolidation of Power

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  • How did Henry VII Consolidate Power?
    • Rebellions
      • Cornish Rebellion 1497
        • Showed he had a strong military and could put down a rebellion
      • Yorkshire Rebellion 1489
        • Earl of Surrey easily put down the uprising and Henry issued many pardons in the region
          • Showed that Henry was willing to compromise and forgive to retain power.
    • Creating a line of succession
      • Arthur was born in September 1486
      • Henry's direct line would inherit the throne, further supporting his and his family's claim
    • Government
      • Council Learned in the Law (1495)
        • A branch of the Star Chamber
        • Trapping nobles ensured loyalty to the crown
      • Star Chamber
        • Showed Henry was willing to enforce the law
      • Parliament
        • Henry's coronation was on 30th October, a week before the 1st parliament, showing that parliament didn't give him power
        • All swore an oath of allegiance to him
        • Nullified Richard's law declaring Edward IV's children illegitimate
    • Backing of the Pope Clement VII
      • England was an extremely religious country at the time and this would have affirmed him as king in many people's minds
    • Control of Nobles
      • Carrot and Stick Policies
        • Henry wasn't afraid to punish nobles if he felt they had wronged him and in doing so inspired loyalty amongst those who may have rebelled
    • Union of the Houses
      • The Tudor Rose Symbol
        • A propaganda symbol showing the two houses united
      • Married Elizabeth of York
        • Gave Henry a stronger claim to the throne
        • 16th January 1486
    • Finance
      • Meant that Henry was less reliant on nobles for finance
      • Allowed Henry to present himself as wealthy and this deterred usurption
    • Dating his reign
      • Dated his reign to 21/08/1485
      • This allowed him to treat anyone who had fought against him as a traitor
        • Could use this against them later


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