was Henry VII a successful leader?Watch
Considering the fact that Henry VII did leave a strong throne for Henry VIII would you consider him a successful or unsuccessful leader?
I would say that he was successful in that he brought stability to the country after a century marred by conflict during the Wars of the Roses.
His economic foreign policy was also extremely effective- he signed a significant trade treaty with France and the Magnus Intercersus secured Britain's textile exports, a huge industry at the time.
He repaired Anglo-Scottish relations through the marriage of his daughter to James IV of Scotland, and managed to marry his oldest son, Arthur, to Catherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess. Spain was the Europe's leading power at the time.
Henry established the Court of the Star Chamber during his rule and brought about judicial reform. Many of his actions consolidated and increased the power the monarch had, which was then passed to his son Henry.
Overall, Henry VII was a very successful leader. A positive interpretation of him may be influenced by the fact that his son, Henry VIII's reign was arguably disastrous and that Henry VII's seems a shining example relative to other rulers of the time.