How Successfully Did Henry Vii Gain International Recognition Through His Foreign Policy Between 1485 and 1509?

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How successfully did Henry VII gain international recognition through his foreign policy between 1485 and 1509? In order for Henry VII to gain respect and recognition from the other major European states he needed to develop a positive relationship with them. Countless allegiances and treaties made between the king and the other leaders in Europe helped gain Henry some recognition, but the likelihood of these methods failing and leading to tension between the nations was a huge obstacle for Henry to overcome. When Henry became king in 1485 he was in no position to start an aggressive foreign policy. Henry had little available soldiers in England due to the Wars of the Roses, or the necessary financial resources to fund such a campaign. Instead it seemed more appropriate for him to work on constructing links between his country and other he deemed as good partners for England. An example of one of these links created by Henry was the Medina del Campo, an allegiance with Spain uniting the nations against the possible French threat. The treaty was first negotiated in 1489, with the arranged marriage of Henry’s son, Arthur, and Catherine of Aragon of Spain, cementing the deal. Another example was Henry’s immediate truce with Scotland in 1486, when a three year peace treaty was signed, which was only eventually ended due to the death of James III in 1488 and his successor, the 15 year old James IV, whose anti-Anglo attitude disrupted any potential amnesty between the states until 1497 when the treaty of Ayton was signed. Actions like these, especially as they were still fairly early in his reign, showed how confident and naturally able Henry was at negotiating, thus setting him up as one of Europe’s most recognised leaders. Another early method of improving foreign relations used by Henry was to deal with any potential threats. Undoubtedly the most threatening of
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