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Unformatted text preview: The period of Henry's boyhood is significant both for the circumstances leading to his eventual coronation as king and for the shaping of his character as one of the most famous of all English monarchs. Henry's succession to the throne was in some ways a matter of sheer historical accident. In the first place, his brother Arthur's sudden death in 1501 had profound effects on the course of English history. It is unclear how or whether the English Reformation would have come about had Arthur lived to be king and Henry followed his originally intended track away from the throne. Henry owed his throne to his father's victory at Bosworth Field in 1485. Henry VII had no claim to the throne other than his military victory, a bit of royalty in his family tree, and the acquiescence of Elizabeth of York and the Parliament to his wearing the crown. In the late fifteenth and Elizabeth of York and the Parliament to his wearing the crown....
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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.
- Fall '08