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What Factors undermined Henry VI's rule before 1455?

`...the conduct of the war in France and the problems of government at home were quite
inseparable to contempories and cannot be considered separately by historians.' ­ B.P Wolffe,
1972

LOSSES IN FRANCE:

England was desperately engaged in a struggle to hold…

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What Factors undermined Henry VI's rule before 1455?

GLOUCESTER:

Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, (His uncle- youngest son of Henry IV and
occasionally protector and regent during minority of Henry IV ­ supported Henry V's
aggressive foreign policy and conflicted over French affairs with Suffolk) was the most
influential supporter of…

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What Factors undermined Henry VI's rule before 1455?

The FEAR of reprisals against the people of Kent for the murder of
Suffolk, together with the DISSATISFACTION WITH THE REGIME, HIGH
TAXES AND MILITARY DISASTERS IN FRANCE, sped up Jack Cade's revolt
in Kent. (1450)
The rebels demands, as described in…

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What Factors undermined Henry VI's rule before 1455?

Richard of York was not directly involved with Cade's revolt (due to
being absent in Ireland) but he soon returned to England in hope to
WIN POLITICAL FAVOUR FROM YORKIST SUPPORTERS.
His return was greeted with huge public support and he soon…

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What Factors undermined Henry VI's rule before 1455?

In 1453, a few days after receiving news of Charles VII's capture
of Bordeaux (marking the defeat in the Hundred Years' War),
Henry `went mad' according to his contemporaries.
For a year and a half Henry was completely incapacitated and
his recovery…

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