How Far Do Sources 1 and 2 Suggest That the Young Henry Viii Saw the Nobility as His Friends and Supporters?

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Sources 1 and 2 show two different accounts of Henry VIII interact with the nobility. Source 1 being a description of some festivities attended by both the King and his noblemen, and Source 2 is from a Proclamation by Henry VIII. Even though these are two different account on two different types of situations you can get a feel of how Henry saw is nobility. Source 1 talks about Henry VIII enjoying the company of his noblemen during festivities at Court. It says “Then later at dinner the King arranged the seating and joked with all…”, saying that Henry VIII and his nobility share more than a work relationship and can laugh and joke together. This type of behaviour indicates that Henry VIII probably had little friendships with some of his nobility. But in Source 2 the nobility have angered the King by blatantly disregarding his orders and breaking his laws. When asked to assemble ‘as many able men for war as they can muster from their estates’ some nobles were preparing hired men that are paid for their duties, not men from their tenants or members of household. When Henry VIII was informed of this it say “The King commands this to cease forthwith, and orders those who have made such arrangements to remedy the situation or bear the King’s anger and indignation, to their great danger and peril.”. By reacting in this way it shows that Henry is not afraid to administrate his power as King over the gentry. The sources at face value show very different attitudes towards the nobility on the King’s behalf. When taking a closer look at Source 1 you can infer that maybe the King is not treating his nobility as his peers as it seems. Where it says “ Then later at dinner the King… had the Earl of Essex and the Lord Henry, Earl of Wiltshere, and Sir Edmond Howard and Sir Thomas Parr parade in strange costumes before they bought in actors to stage a play.”. The King was
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