What Was The Significant Cause Of Civil Strife Bet

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What was the significant cause of civil strife between 1455 -1461? On the 4th March 1461, Henry VI was deposed as king and put in the tower of London. His reign as King starting on the 31st August 1422 (aged just nine months), was deemed as one of the worst in history with so many factors in the end leading to his deposition as King. Many people believe that the main contributor to this was Henry’s personality; this is because there is history of Henry having mental problems which people were obviously concerned about because he was their entrusted ruler. The nobility of England appeared to increase in power because of the weakness of the king. The King had clear favourites in both the Earl of Somerset and the Earl of Suffolk. The Earl of Suffolk was permitted to ‘dominate’ the royal household during the period Henry was too young to be ruler. When he was accused of treason by the commons due to the business in France, the King stood by him in protection. The king sent him to exile, however in the English Channel, the ship carrying the Earl of Suffolk was intercepted by ‘Nicholas of the Tower’, and Suffolk was beheaded by its sailors in April 1450. This could be considered to have significance because it gave invitation for other powers of the nobility to make an impression on the king; or not in the case of Richard of York. York spent a lot of time to try and earn the trust and friendship of the King. One of the ways that the king had clearly shown favouritism in the nobility was the way he willingly gave grants and land to these powers. In May 1450, the Kings council realised he could not afford to go on like this, so created an ‘Act of resumption’ – created to try to regain some of the grants. The more the king gave out, the weaker it made the crown and continuously strengthened the nobility. Richard of York was perhaps the next example of the growing powers
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