In a nutshell, Henry VII became king because his father was Edmund Tudor of Welsh royal lineage and his mother was a descendant of Edward III. He was in good position to become king. Henry ascended to the throne due to his success in battle where he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. During Henry VII’s reign he successfully restored faith in the monarchy as he strengthened the judicial system and the treasury was left very secure under his rule. Henry VIII was left with a wealthy, secure throne. Henry VII used heraldic devices to show his people the connection between good things happening and his rule. He added his family’s royal insignia and symbolism everywhere to show the source of the success, strength and power of the monarchy.
History 221: Henry VII