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.
Henry plunged into needless conflict in Europe, eliminated anyone who opposed him, and became so obsessed with securing a male heir that he engineered a split with the Catholic Church. It was this adventurous spirit that would lead to a decline in both of his key inheritances. Henry VIII may not have been an absolute monarch in the sense that his contemporaries were, but he often acted in a manner that resembled a supreme sovereign. Consequently, his reign seems to have been focused on his own ambitions instead of his subjects’ welfare. Henry VII had won the English Crown in battle in what could be considered a glorious victory.
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Other things he enjoyed doing as a child were wrestling, hunting, gambling, tennis, archery, dancing, and jousting. Henry VIII was clearly a very well rounded child who aimed as high as he could in all aspects of his early life. Henry’s brother, Arthur, die... ... middle of paper ... ...ample. Henry VIII was also responsible for the religious reformation in England and changed the religion of England from the Roman Catholic faith to the Protestant Religion, and established the Church of England. If it weren’t for King Henry VIII, England would not have been as wealthy as it was because of the dissolution of the monasteries.
Such abuse of absolute power led to new concepts of power structures, which ultimately led to the development of modern democracy. Such examples include the power struggle of the English and French monarchy, and the independence of the United States. During the rule of Charles I, his decision to outright ignore the Parliament turned him into a controversial figure. Moreover, his marriage to a Roman Catholic princess during a time of turbulence between the Protestants and Catholics (with England being predominantly Protestant) further contributed to his controversies1. The Parliament, albeit limited in power, acquired de facto power in previous centuries, making them a significant group in the kingdoms.
He also had the great example of his own father to follow, unlike Saul previously. However, his Father advises him to follow the word of God, which he does not take much heed of. He did many things within his reign that consolidated not only his own position, but also aided the position of Israel. Solomon was 'born to the purple' (Anderson), and never knew anything but the sheltered, extravagant life of a king's palace. However, it was this influence that made him want to demonstrate his power and wealth to the surrounding nations, therefore both building up ... ... middle of paper ... ...was a successful king: he brought military strength, strong alliances and trading routes, great wealth and efficient central administration.
Throughout his early years of power, a “breakout of authority” occurred all throughout Normandy, leading to many future problems that William would handily deal with (William I 2). Although he had many people seeking to overthrow him, William had support on his side, and was able to use the adversity he faced to his advantage. At a very young age, William was learning the tricks of the trade, and became very logical and rational in making decisions whether they be military or political based. Without his troubled upbringing, it is questionable whether or not he would have been as great of a leader as he turned out to be. William was very powerful being the Duke of Normandy, and as soon as he was knighted at the a... ... middle of paper ... ...no test for any man that got in his way.
The Revolutionary Policies of Henry VIII Henry was a supreme egotist. He advanced personal desires under the guise of public policy or moral right, forced his ministers to pay extreme penalties for his own mistakes, and summarily executed many with little excuse. In his later years he became grossly fat, paranoid, and unpredictable. Nonetheless he possessed considerable political insight, and he provided England with a visible and active national leader. Although Henry seemed to dominate his Parliaments, the importance of that institution increased significantly during his reign.
This is why there are checks and balances between legislature, executive and judicial branches. However, democracy is everybody’s entitlement to gain power over everyone else. Their still and always will remain a struggle between individuals and groups for power. Lord Acton’s theory comes to truth in the 17th and 18th century. Most of the monarchs, when faced with controlling powerful nations, became corrupt and greedy.