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Brief description of its role Impact on kingship
Privy council This existed to advise the king over It was important for henry to include
matters of state, to administer law and people with a legal background as they
order, and to act in a judicial capacity could insist…

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Requests from the king for subsides He legislated through parliament to
were seldom made. strengthen the royal authority over the
Henry rarely needed Parliament to grant nobles and the economy, and to ensure
him money for wars abroad as his policy his law was applied across the realm.…

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His skill at by-passing Parliament (and
thus, the will of the nobility) played a
crucial role in his success at renovating
S.B. Chrimes: "Little or nothing of much
significance occurred in the history of
parliament in the reign of Henry VII...The
precedents already set over the previous…

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concerning murder, abduction, bail,
fraud and counterfeit"

Local government/JP's Justices of the Peace (JP's) owed their When Henry became king, he recognised
offices to the king. By the reign of Henry that the system used by Edward had its
VII, Justices of the Peace had superseded strengths in…

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Lord Stanley had control over south have been more cemented to central
Lancashire and Cheshire; the Duke of government, the king's finances did not
Bedford was the most powerful noble in allow for this.
Wales and the Earl of Oxford was given Henry's mistrust of the nobility derived…

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Bishop of Lincoln who also had no power
base in Wales.
Henry VII preferred to select his JP's
from the second tier of a county's
landowners. This was all part of his
campaign to restrict the power of the
great magnates as the JP's were
answerable to the…

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The English court Henry consciously copied continental By making the English court look
examples, especially the royal courts of magnificent it showed the kings wealth
burgundy and France. and power which made him look a
Henry VII deliberately cultivated his strong ruler.
personal image to command subjects' In…

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Patronage The king could not rule the county alone By rewarding the royal servants it meant
so relied on his royal servants to carry that more people were likely to be loyal
out central and local government, and to to henry so that they could advance up

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Another important function of the
counsel was to act as the link between
the king and the central government on
the one hand, and his subjects and local
government on the other
A constant stream of messages, orders
and reports flowed from the counsel to
the justices of…

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The role of this group was to preside
over the hearings of poor men's legal
suits, known as 'requests'. The role of
the Court of Star Chamber was increased
in Henry's reign to include two tribunals,
one of 1487, and the other of 1495.
The 1487 court dealt…


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