Assess the View That the Most Important Reason for the Downfall of Henry Vi in 1461 Was His Personality

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Assess the view that the most important reason for the downfall of Henry VI in 1461 was his personality. In order to assess this view we need to examine his personality throughout his reign and how it affected his judging and his reign. As the son of such a great king, Henry VI was expected to be as successful as his father however this was not the case. Henry’s failure as a king has a lot to do with the fact that he was overthrown, which was mainly due to his personality. He wasn’t suited to being a king at all mostly because of his primary interest lying within religion. Some even say that Henry would have suited becoming a priest or a monk and would have been much happier and successful in doing so. His deep love for religion made him a very forgiving man, this trait was commonly known to be a flaw in the personality of a king. Another major personality flaw was Henry’s lack of political skill which he needed to manage the nobles. Henry’s lack of political skill played a huge part in the feud between York and Somerset, which started in 1950 when Rouen and Normandy were lost to the French. This feud started because York blamed Somerset for the loss of Normandy. Which in 1453, he made clear by putting Somerset on trial for treason in France. Henry failed to resolve the feud between the two nobles because his personality wasn’t strong enough. This eventually lost him the support of York, after countless amounts of times that York attempted to prove his loyalty, which played a big part in his downfall because York was a very important noble. It is arguable to say that there wouldn’t have been conflict if Henry had been able to keep the support of York, which is true because if he’d kept York on side, York would never have attempted to get the throne he would have just been happy to be part of the king’s council. Had Henry kept York loyal, the battle of St.
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