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Innocent III

Under Innocent III, the state of the papacy and papal authority changed dramatically and emerged to form what some historians describe as a ‘papal monarchy1’. One could argue that during Innocent’s reign of 1198-1216, the medieval papacy was at the peak of its power in terms of military strength, control over Rome, international political power…

How successful was Louis XVIII in establishing stability in France during his reign

Louis XVIII came to the throne after the warfare and economic dislocation of the Napoleonic years. He was king of France from 1814 until his death in 1824. To decide whether he was successful or not, first the word success has to be defined. Success is, in terms of being king, keeping the country running…

Why had Henry failed to achieve his aims in foreign policy by 1529

Henry’s aims since he came to the throne in1509 was glory, he thought he could get this through vast amount of money. Henry at the time was almost broke and therefore needed “glory” quickly, and the way Henry came up with to make money and gain glory was via war. He needed to attack France…

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The most important pre-requisite for a civilization to reach its Golden Age

Every civilization will rise and fall at some point in time. That is what defines a civilization. The peak of a civilization’s rise and fall would be called the civilization’s Golden Age. Civilizations’ Golden Ages differ depending on how much they had advanced during their Golden Age. As the Golden Age is the peak of…

Why did Henry dissolve the monasteries

During the late 1530’s a significant social, political, economic and religious event took place. This was the dissolution of all the monasteries and convents in England. This was done by first bringing them under government control and then closed down. However it is highly disputed why this was done. The first step towards the dissolution…

Why did Charles I decide to dissolve parliament in 1629

There were many factors that contributed to the breakdown in trust between Charles I and his Parliament in 1625-29, which finally led to his decision of dissolving Parliament. I intend on concentrating on the main key factors, which built up over a specific timeline, and give evidential and factual suggestion and analysis to show that…

Henry VIII persue new foreign policies

When accessing how far Henry VIII pursued new foreign policies in the period 1509-1514, it is important to take into account the idea of change and continuity. Henry VII established some very strong and clear foreign policies, however Henry VIII wanted to very much distance himself from his father’s work and ethos. It is essential…

In the years 1603 – 25, the King was a tyrant who did not listen to the people and had no respect for the law

The year in which King James VI of Scotland came to the English throne was a great time of upheaval. The much loved Queen Elizabeth, who had been the monarch over such victories as the Spanish Armada, was dead, leaving no direct successor, only her second cousin from Scotland who was a rough-mannered, coarse, paranoid…

How far did Henry VIII continue the policies of his father 1509-1514

Henry VII’s domestic and foreign policies were primarily driven by greed. His ritualistic counting of coins in the bedroom was his favourite past time and through his desire to be wealthy, he would go to great lengths, regardless of how unpopular he became, to achieve it. Henry VII ruled England atypically and was unimpressed by…

Why did the Conservative Party split in 1846

When Peel announced that he supported a repeal of the Corn Laws that protected the landed classes it resulted in his resignation and the split of the Conservative Party and arguably therefore Peel was the ‘founder of modern Conservatism’ (Gash). However although the issue of repeal was the main issue that delivered the final blow…

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