There were genuine reasons of state behind most of these engagements

There were genuine reasons of state behind most of these engagements

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There were genuine reasons of state behind most of these engagements, aside from  Henry's personal glory and that which he wished to bestow on his countrymen through  victory. The early wars with the French were conducted, in part, as an effort to keep the  power of the French king at bay. Alongside Charles V's great, inherited empire, France  was the major power in Europe, and its aggressive behavior toward the Italian states  showed what an acquisitive appetite such power fostered. France's threats to the  Papacy were also looked upon with great disquiet in Henry's England. Henry joined the  Holy League and fought expressly in defense of the Holy See in Rome with singular  zeal. He was urged along in this zeal by the tremendous influence of Cardinal Wolsey,  who sought to please the Vatican and position himself, unrealistically, as a potential  candidate for the papal tiara. Henry's posture in foreign relations shifted dramatically after the break with Rome, and 
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