Henry considered his subjects to be not only the people of England

Henry considered his subjects to be not only the people of England

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Henry considered his subjects to be not only the people of England, but also the people  of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Wales had been for the most part subdued by Henry's  medieval predecessor, King Edward I, but Henry's government engaged in efforts to  consolidate the small western territory into to real administrative unity with England.  Many of the Welsh resented this policy, but were powerless to stop it. The Irish, on the  other hand, were by their geographical and historical position far less submissive.  Henry's official title included the appellation "Lord of Ireland," and he wished to exert his  lordship over that island. In December 1540, he adopted the title King of Ireland,  although the island was under the effective rule of local lords and clan chieftains who  harbored few feelings of loyalty toward King Henry. Looking at Henry's relationship to the English people, it becomes evident that the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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