Thus far we have neglected a detailed look at Henry VIII

Thus far we have neglected a detailed look at Henry VIII -...

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Unformatted text preview: Thus far we have neglected a detailed look at Henry VIII's foreign policy on its own terms. While he was king, Henry went to war with France three separate times, fought Scotland with similar regularity, and fought his on-again, off- again friend the Emperor Charles V at the close of the 1520s. At the beginning of his reign, Henry joined with Venice, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire under Maximillian I in an allaince called the Holy League. At the time, Louis XII's France was preoccupied with wars in northern Italy, and the Holy League was formed expressly to defend the Papacy against French aggression. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was an important factor in Henry's involvement with this conflict. Henry personally invaded France with an army of 30,000 in summer 1513, capturing the towns of Therouanne and Tournai, small but personally rewarding victories for the king, who, in...
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