Henry VII: England's Greatest King
England was once considered an island on the edge of the world. It stood at the border of the Roman Empire as a far away trading post that held little significance for the world, but it became the largest empire the world has ever seen, and was composed of a a quarter of the world's landmass while containing one out of five people living on Earth.
Throughout its long history England has had many kings and queens who are famous throughout the world for their deeds. Under the British monarchy the people of the British isles have experienced a degree of freedom and safety unseen in the rest of the world. There have been few rebellions, and even fewer monarchs have been killed by their subjects.
With such a variety of English monarchs it is hard to determine which one is best, or who did the most for the success of the English people. Under the Saxon kings England was given a cultural base for constitutional monarchy. William the Conqueror established a unified country and a hereditary dynasty. The Tudor kings and queens gave England it's protestantism. Despite this, the greatest leader England has ever had was Henry VII, King of England and of France and Lord of Ireland
Why Henry VII?
Henry VII laid the groundwork for his successors to maintain independence and freedom. Henry helped to Anglicize England. He created a dynasty that has dominated England ever since. Henry was also left in a difficult position.
The War of Roses depleted the royal treasury, and it allowed France to reclaim land lost to Henry V. England was shattered and suffering from brigandry at the end of the war. Henry VII reversed both of England's internal problems. Aggressive taxation allowed for the treasury to be rebuilt, and left a surplus for Henry VIII when Henry VII died.
Henry VII used the Court of Star Chamber, a royal court, to deal with disloyal nobles and quickly quash problems. This helped to strengthen the crown as well as deal with brigands throughout England. These two policies helped to secure England internally.
Henry VII helped to reunify England after the War of the Roses. Henry's reign saw the creation of a dynasty that rule England for over a hundred years, and his descendents rule England to this day. Royal power was restored under Henry VII and was disrupted again until the English Civil War. Finally, Henry left a large treasury for his successors that allowed England to remain prosperous and safe without heavily taxing their people.
For these reasons Henry VII should be considered the greatest English monarch of all time.
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