Influential Kings in British History

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There are many influential kings in British history, one being Henry VII. Founder of the Tudor dynasty, he was a somewhat shadowy figure; cold, cautious, rigid man who paid constant attention to the administration and the filling of the royal funds. Henry was an accomplished politician who restored peace and stability to England. He was more of a dry, spiritless count that enjoyed the chase and other athletic activities but also music, dancing, and cards. With the death of Prince Edward, and the murder shortly afterwards of his father Henry VI, the fourteen year old Henry Tudor became the leading Lancastrian claimant to the throne. This wouldn’t have been so bad if Edward IV’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester, declared his sons illegitimate and took the throne for himself as Richard III. The disappearance and presumed murder of the young princes turned many of Richard’s subjects against him and rallied around exiled Henry Tudor. Henry was now the leading claimant to the throne as Richard was now an illegal leader. Henry reinforced his promised marriage to Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV. This brought Houses of Lancaster and York, which brought dissident Yorkists to Henry’s side. (“Crofton,” 2006) After the death of the last two Yorkists claimants, Henry’s position on the throne was much more secured. He had isolated Warbeck from foreign allies by securing peace with France, the emperor, and Scotland. He married his daughter Margaret to the Scotland king, James VI.
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