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To what extent did Henry VIII continue his fathers work When Henry VIII took over the throne in 1509 he was very determined to create a contrasting image of that of his dead father Henry VII had been obsessed with making sure his place on the throne was never threatened he had worked hard in maintaining his dynasty against conspiracies real and imaginary The last years of his reign had seen the nobility ruthlessly controlled by Henrys system of bonds and recognisances supervised by the council learned During Henry VII reign there had been no Wars and no foreign adventures The English upper classes had become bored with the rule of a strong king prematurely aged and worn down by the cares of government When Henry VIII took over the throne he saw it as an opportunity to change his fathers old policies and was determined to enjoy himself this was welcomed by the nobility and by the rest of the nation too Henry VII had taken the throne by force He had been in exile for most of his youth He was determined to stay in power and wanted to be in control of every aspect of government He kept a close check on his ministers and wanted to build up the royal funds He wanted to create stability in England Henry the VIII was brought up on tails of chivalry and glory His hero was Henry V who had beaten the French at Agencourt He very much wanted to follow in Henry V footsteps and become a powerful warrior king He was friends with many nobles in his youth and wanted like them to go to war and have foreign adventures He would never be an administrator king as his father had not had time to train Henry after his brother Arthur had died Henry VII didnt want to waist money on his court He had a very
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