This essay I don't even remember doing... But apparently I did! I don't think it is very good either haha I swear there were some good essays!

  There are many ways that Henry VII increased the power of the monarchy during his reign. These include increasing the land that the monarchy owned, keeping all the power in the crown, and maintaining power over the entire of the United Kingdom. These are the points that I am going to cover as to how he increased the power of the monarchy, as well as how some other points could be argued against them. I believe that he did increase the power of the monarchy to such an extent which is clearly shown by the

  One way he did increase the power of the monarchy was by making himself the biggest landowner in the country. One way he did this was by bringing about Acts of Attainder which stated anyone who fought for Richard in the battle of Bosworth a traitor. By doing this he managed to strip land off people, which then became his, and eventually became a very large land owner. He also managed to keep more land by introducing the order of the garter – rewarding nobles with titles rather than land. This meant he kept more land for himself. This also greatly increased the loyalty of the nobles, which meant that he had power from them also. The abundance of land meant that the monarchy held a lot of power in the country, and this shows that he increased the monarchy to quite an extent.

  Another way he increased the power of the monarchy was by keeping the power within the crown. For example, he rarely used parliament. In fact, he only used them 7 times in 24 years, 6 of which were to ask for money. This made parliament less important, and monarchy more important, increasing its power. He also used the preferred King’s Council, which was made up of his trusted men. He was also not obliged to take their advice, which meant the monarchy still had deciding power. This played quite a big part in the increase of the monarchy during his reign as no other party had more than, or even close to, the power the monarchy had. The Council Learned in Law also played a big part in keeping the power within the crown which meant that less power was around for over mighty subjects to claim.

  A final way he increased the power of the monarchy was gaining power over the whole of the United Kingdom rather than just England. He had a separate council in Wales to keep track over there (especially seeing as he had Welsh roots). Also, the Irish Politician set up Poynings Law which stated after the end of the Wars of the Roses that Ireland would again be loyal to the English Monarch. Both of these things meant that Henry held some sort of power in the entirety of the United Kingdom rather than just England. However, this new law in Ireland was often ignored, especially by the councils who still had power. In the end, Henry had to infiltrate them with his own men including the Bishop of Carlisle in the Council of the North to control them.

  Despite these three things, some Historian’s saw him as anti-noble. He did need his nobility, especially when it came to things like rebellions, but he managed to alienate them. For example he was turning to the council learned in law for advice and service rather than the nobles that he should have been using. This was one of the ways that he didn’t increase the power of the monarchy because he had no truly loyal nobles who he could trust like Richard III had Buckingham, and Edward IV before him had Hastings. He once had Stanley, but he rebelled. This is one way that he didn’t really extend the power of the crown, but he did not reduce the power of the crown by doing this which shows he still increased it thanks to the other points.

  Despite the last point being against him increasing the power of the monarch, it is clear that there are more facts to show that he did increase the power of the monarch – the crowns solvency at the end of his reign, no one having more power than him, and him being the largest landowner (and therefore having a lot more power) make much better arguments so overall he increased the power of the monarch a lot. The only two things that bring him down are poor arguments, which also shows how much he increased the power of the monarch.