Objectives of Henry VII's Foreign Policy Essay by Goodfellow

Objectives of Henry VII's Foreign Policy
An examination of the objectives of Henry's foreign policy, and how far he was successful in meeting them.
# 6474 | 1,910 words | 2 sources | MLA | 1999 | CA
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in History (British) , History (Leaders)

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The overall strategic objectives of Henry's policy are looked at noting an emphasis on a defensive policy, securing his throne and succession, and increasing the power of the country. The paper also describes how he used marriages, treaties and alliances to establish the Tudors following the insecurity of the Wars of the Roses.

From the Paper:

"Henry VII came to the throne of an island off the coast of Europe which had little strategic or diplomatic significance at the time of his accession. England had recently passed through a long period of civil war which had left much uncertainty as to the future direction of the country. Although we can now recognize that the wars were almost over, and would essentially end at the Battle of Stoke in 1487, there was little to indicate to contemporaries that Henry VII would not lose his throne as his three predecessors had all done. Henry's overriding tasks were to consolidate his own position on the throne and then to ensure the succession. He was well aware that this would have to be a two-pronged strategy, strengthening his internal position, i.e. within the country itself, and also externally, ensuring that no foreign power was willing to aid any of the remaining Yorkist pretenders. Henry knew that no rebellion against the throne had succeeded without foreign assistance; if he were to make the throne safe for himself and his descendants he had to forge alliances abroad and nullify the threat particularly from France."

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