Consolidation of Henry VII's Power 1485-1509

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CONSOLIDATION OF HENRY VII'S POWER 1485-1509

Short Term

WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS

  • Usurper – only weak claim to throne.

  • Yorkist princes with better claim to throne – both nephews of Ed IV.

  • Little support from nobility in England.

  • 3 of last 4 kings were violently overthrown during War of Roses.

  • No formal kingship training.

  • Spent most of life in Brittany – didn't understand English government well.

  • Married Elizabeth of York; quickly had son – gained support of Yorkist with satisfactory heir.

  • Support from Lancastrians since Henry VI's line had died out.

  • Richard's only son died in 1484.

  • He didn't use great noblemen to claim throne so he didn't owe anybody and wouldn't face revolts from people he falsely believed loyal (IE. Richard III faced Buckingham rebellion)

  • no over-mighty noblemen who might have revolted – all previous strong nobles had dead and Henry inherited their lands.

  • No brothers; only 1 uncle.

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