The Pope at the time, Pope Innocent III, also had a small feud with King John. The Pope soon excommunicated him. His reputation soon became tainted, and many of the Barons of England became upset and wanted to restrict his power and ensure their rights. After the dispute with Pope Innocent III, King John promised the Pope that he would follow through with the Pope's wishes, and the Pope very quickly “de- excommunicated” him. Soon after, King John went back to battle against France and needed the money from his vassals, the Barons.
His tactics to the nobles was drastically different, his father had taken away some of their power and decreased the nobility numbers, the opposite of this can be seen in Henry VIII. One thing they were very similar on was the desire to secure the dynasty through a male heir. In 1515 Henry is a king who has made an impression very quickly on England by going to war and being the reverse of his father in financial matters. He is a king who has secured support from powerful figures amongst the English nobles and also amongst the foreign states such as Spain and the Holy Roman Empire. Henry has put himself in a strong position because of this and this is what makes his rule one that stretches over four decades, he did not have great amounts of opposition.
In becoming King, Richard split his own side (Yorkists) and began to spread rumours about his claim to the throne and about his brothers claim to the throne. This may have also made him less popular as Edward IV was quite a popular King at the time and many wouldn't have liked Richard saying that Edward had actually had no claim to the throne in the first place. Henry therefore changed from being an unlikely claimant to the throne, to a rival of Richard III.
Henry had somewhat childish fantasies of being the great warrior-king and the hero on the battlefield. He wanted ... ... middle of paper ... ...never made it to Suleiman. This enabled Charles to defeat and capture Francis at Pavia with Henry's minor help. Charles could now dictate peace and he believed he owed Henry nothing. Once again Henry was used by his ally and emptied England's treasury for nothing.
The Hundred Years War was a battle between the French and English in hopes for possession over the French kingdom. The war started when the English King, Edward III, claimed the French throne. At first, England's new weapon, the longbow, and its stronger, more centralized government were enough to overcome the larger yet disorganized French population. But as France gained a national identity, the English began to suffer defeats. In May of 1337, the nations were looking for national identity and were attempting to become stronger.
The Tyrannical Hero The French Revolution was full of bloodshed and hurt. Even though many think that the French Revolution did nothing, there are many important events that took place. Much of what we have today is in place, because of how the French Revolution ended. As a new empire was rising up, a leader was called forth to unify the rebellious parties of the dissipating French Revolution. Many will argue that the acts of this man were at first of great benefit to his country, but then were made to feed his yearn for power and total dominance of Europe.
At the beginning of his reign, Henry was faced with the problem of the pretender, Lambert Simnel. Although he didn't really have any claim to throne, he managed to get a significant amount of foreign support and did pose a real threat to Henry. He was crowned Edward IV in Ireland, showing the Irish's contempt for Henry, and was also supported by Margaret of Burgundy; one of England's traditional allies. This worried Henry as if one of his 'allies' was prepared to support a pretender, what would his enemies do? Simnel managed to build up a decent army of Irish and German soldiers, but was defeated in 1487 by Henry's troops.
Because of Napoleon’s errors, he exhausted France’s resources and reduced his allies. Because his political views destroyed France’s relationship with Europe, Napoleon had to over expand his forces to maintain control of Europe. At the end of his reign, Napoleon was left without support from anyone outside of France. However, he was still trying to claw back the power that he once had. “Believing as he did that what was good for Napoleon was good for France, and in turn good for conquered Europe as a whole, his wider Imperial vision became a natural extension of his personal dynastic ambition” (Napoleon Profiles in Power p.81).
Cardinal Wolsey virtually ruled England until his failure to secure the papal annulment that Henry needed to marry Anne Boleyn in 1533. Wolsey was quite capable as Lord Chancellor, but his own interests were served more than that of the king: as powerful as he was, he still was subject to Henry's favor - losing Henry's confidence proved to be his downfall. The early part of Henry's reign, however, saw the young king invade France, defeat Scottish forces at the Battle of Foldden Field (in which James IV of Scotland was slain), and write a treatise denouncing Martin Luther's Reformist ideals, for which the pope awarded Henry the title "Defender of the Faith". The 1530's witnessed Henry's growing involvement in government, and a series of events which greatly altered England, as well as the whole of Western Christendom: the separation of the Church of England from Roman Catholicism.
Napoleon was well known for his temper some would compare him to an exploding volcano. He was a great military leader no doubt, but he wasn’t a good leader of France. He tried to evade other countries and take them over, of course this was apparently okay at the time, and he had the best army in the world, but he started so many wars with the countries around him. He seized power illegally, and crowned himself the emperor. He really didn’t care what other people thought of him.