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Securing the dynasty The reign of Henry VII The Battle of Bosworth 61607The War of Roses had divided the political nation creating two sides as factionalism at court had spilled over into conflict in the countryside 61607It is against the background of such disorder in daily life that the challenge of Henry Tudor must be considered 61607Henry was an obscure Lancastrian who was scarcely known in England If he were to become King it would have to be through force Therefore many that believed it even if he was able to seize the throne he would be unable to keep it 61607The seizure of the throne changed the political climate in England 61607As Henry later discovered later foreign support was crucial in turning a rising into something more meaningful He was fortunate in that the King of France was willing to provide financial help 61607As Henry made his was into central England Richard realised that he would have to face him in battle 61607The two main armies met on 22nd August near Market Bosworth Henrys army numbered 3000 but Richards nearer 5000 The battle was fierce with heavy casualties 61607However the turning point came when Richard gambled by trying to strike directly at Henry At this point the Stanleys saw which way the battle was going and threw their forces behind Henry 61607Henry made sure that he used this advantage and was quick to make his claim to the throne legitimate not purely based on his marriage to Elizabeth of York or his battle triumph Therefore he dated his reign to the day before he defeated Richard and therefore Richard and his supporters could be declared traitors and their estates could become property of the crown The problem of the Nobility 61607Some historians have suggested that in order to secure the throne Henry saw the nobility as a danger and that he always set out to be ruthless towards them 61607But also in
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