How Accurate Is It to Say That Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck Were Both Serious Threats to Henry Viii's Security?

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How accurate is it to say that Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck were both serious threats to Henry VIII's security? Henry became king in 1485 after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. His claim to the throne was weak and he took the crown at a time noblemen were constantly challenging the King's position. In view of these factors, it was no surprise for Henry’s position to be challenged. Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck both posed a threat to Henry's security for several reasons; mainly due to their explicit timing and foreign support. However, it was Perkin Warbeck’s challenge to Henry which posed the most serious threat because of the large scale variety of foreign support which it gained over a period of almost 10 years. First to emerge in the autumn of 1486, a year into Henry's reign, was Lambert Simnel. Simnel was a ten year old boy who was selected by the Yorkist sympathisers, including the Earl of Lincoln and Lovell, as a suitable candidate to impersonate the Earl of Warwick. The Earl of Warwick was the now surviving male heir of his uncle, Edward IV. In this sense, it is accurate to say that Lambert Simnel potentially posed a serious threat to Henry in 1486 because Henry was new to the throne. The fact that Lambert Simnel was able to draw in both local and foreign support for his challenge to Henry, again gave it the potential to be a very serious threat. The support initially came from the Earl of Kildare in Ireland who proclaimed Simnel as Edward VI and even crowned King in Dublin. Further support for the plot came from Margaret of Burgundy who provided both funding for the expedition and 2000 German mercenaries to Ireland, including the highly skilled military leader, Martin Schwarz. Henry’s reaction shows how serious he thought this challenge was to his security. He wasn't going to take any chances. The real Earl of Warwick
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