Lambert Simnel as a Greater Threat to the Security of Henry VII than Perkin Warbec

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Lambert Simnel as a Greater Threat to the Security of Henry VII than Perkin Warbec 'After Bosworth, Henry's most immediate and perhaps greatest problem was ensuring that he kept the crown.' from Henry VII by R. Turvey and C. Steinsberg. This was very true, as throughout Henry's reign he faced many threats because as King he wasn't established and therefore vulnerable to challenge. Also there were still Yorkists in power who wanted to claim the throne back from the usurper King and there was also strong foreign support for any potential threat towards Henry. A threat that Henry did face throughout most of his reign was the threat from Pretenders, and none came as more as threat than of Lambert…show more content…
However, Warbeck was actually from Tournai in Flanders who was a personable, quite handsome and charming young man. Simnels and Warbeck's claims to the throne were great threats to Henry's security, because of Henry's weak claim to the throne; therefore, it was possible for anyone to usurp his throne like he had done. Henry claim to the throne was weak as his claim only came from a female line, as he was a descendant of Henry V's wife and the Beaufort family. But his victory at the Battle of Bosworth, enabled him as many would say to become a usurper King and Henry said he was given the throne as he has divine sanction. Both Simnel and Warbeck on their own didn't pose a great threat to Henry's security, but they did with the support they individually gained. Compared to Warbeck, Simnel internally posed a greater threat to Henry's security due to the internal support that Simnel had. Unlike Warbeck, Simnel had the support of a great noble power supporting him, and that was John de La Pole, Earl of Lincoln, who was heir to Richard III. As the heir to Richard III, John de la Pole was a major potential threat to Henry VIII. But the greater threat that John de la Pole posed and the impact of his support was that it enabled Simnel to link his internal support and foreign support (therefore, linking internal and external threat), because of John de la Pole being the nephew of

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