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King Henry VII

King Henry VII

The Wars of the Roses had bankrupted England so Henry VII had to work hard to make the country peaceful and wealthy again.

He made it illegal for anyone else to have an army and taxed his enemies so that they couldn't afford new weapons.

To avoid war, he made peace by signing treaties or agreements with other countries. These were often sealed by a marriage - he made his daughter Mary marry the King of France and another daughter, Margaret, marry King James IV of Scotland.

King Henry VII did all the work of government. He had a Council to advise him and he chose clever lawyers and churchmen to be his special Privy Council. Parliament only met to make new laws or taxes.

King Henry Vll also enjoyed: music, gambling and building palaces.