History, Unit 1, The Amicable Grant

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Explain why the Amicable Grant was introduced in 1525? (12 marks)

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The Amicable Grant was a non-parliamentary tax based on valuations of property and goods brought in by Wolsey who needed to raise £800000 for Henry VIII's "Great Enterprise", the war in France. He did this because it avoided calling a new parliament, which he disliked. It was essential a forced loan with an appeal to patriotism, and encountered a lot of resistance, from refusal to pay to full-scale revolt (10000 men from…

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