Which Source Provides The More Convincing Interpretation Of Henry Vii's Foreign Policy? History Essay

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‘With reference to the two extracts and your understanding of the historical context, which of these two extracts provides the more convincing interpretation of Henry VII’s foreign policy?’
Both Extract A and B have their merits; they both present valid arguments and points regarding Henry VII’s foreign policy, however they both most certainly have their limitations. Extract A, written by Susan Doran appears to criticise Henry’s foreign policy but also manages praise his domestic strengths, whereas extract B (written by Christine Carpenter) takes an entirely critical approach, and claims that his foreign policy failed.
The first extract is convincing to a great degree. Firstly, Doran presents a very convincing argument that Henry failed in securing a part of his foreign policy due to his rapacity for money. The evidence that Henry was rapacious is that he greatly increased the amount of revenue he gained from wardship, which was the control of the estates which had been inherited by heirs who were considered underage and this allowed Henry to manage them. Also, two years after taking the throne from Richard III in 1487, the total amount of royal revenue which can be attributed to wardships was £350, whereas by 1507 it had remarkably risen to £6000 a year. Doran is trying to emphasis that there are parts to his foreign policy that failed, but not all of it. Henry VII had four aims, these were to secure national security, to achieve trade, to make the crown financially wealthy and to the secure the dynasty. Source A is stating that he managed to achieve two of the four. Henry left the country and dynasty internationally secure, meaning he made sure his line would continue to rule the throne and that they had a large amount of money to do so. However, Doran is implying that Henry didn’t reach nationally security or trade due to his failure to help other countries, like Brittany. In the first expedition to relieve Brittany, Henry had agreed to aid but only if Anne of Brittany agreed to reimburse his expenses, surrender two towns as security, and to make no peace, truce or marriage with France without Henry’s consent. By the second expedition, there is an amity between Henry VII, Spain and Maximilian against France. Anne affiliates with this coalition, and then by 1491, Anne gave in and married Charles VIII (the king of France). Henry VII made a show of strength, offensive and defensive as he didn’t consent to the marriage. He...

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