Regional Government under Henry VII

The Council of the North

Its primary function was to ensure good governance of a lawless and undisciplined that was too remote to be ruled effectively from London.

Closely linked to the main council, enjoying similar administrative and judicial power to enable the law to be enforced swiftly and efficiently. 

However, it was clearly subordinate to the King and Henry kept a close watch on its activities. 

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Henry appointed Jasper Tudor to govern Wales as the need for administrative order. in 1493 created a council to govern Wales and appointed son Arthur as its head. 

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Henry was also King of Ireland. 

In 1494, Henry reorganised government in Ireland. Made Infant Son, Prince Henry, Lord Lieutenant, and appointed SIr Edward Poynings as deputy. Poynings main task was to take control of rebellious areas but he failed. 

He was more successful in establishing a constitution in how Ireland was to be governed. Poyning's Law dictated that an Irish Parliament could only be summoned and pass laws with the King's approval. Laws passed in England automatically passed in Ireland.  

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