A PRECARIOUS REIGN

Here is an interesting fact about Henry VII’s reign. After he was crowned, Henry summoned his first Parliament and reworked recent events to suit himself. He legally labeled Richard III a false king in order to justify his own flimsy claim to the throne. What was even more unusual about Henry VII’s first Parliament is how he dated his reign. He dated his reign to the day before he defeated Richard III on the Battle of Bosworth Field. You may ask what is the significance of a single day. By dating his reign to the day before he defeated Richard III, Henry was effectively accusing EVERYONE who sided with Richard III of treason! This gave Henry the legal right to attaint Richard’s surviving loyalists any time he wanted. To be attainted is to have all of your lands, titles, and wealth stripped away. This frightened many Yorkists into submission and begrudgingly accepted Henry as their new king. I am thinking of doing something similar with my fantasy series.

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