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Compare Sources a and B as Evidence for Henry Vii Claim to the Throne of England

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Compare sources A and B as evidence for Henry VII’s claim to the throne of England [30]
On comparing sources A and B as evidence for Henry VII’s claim to the throne in 1485, it can be said both have relevant use as both give an account of events at the time of Henry VII’s coronation. However it is questionable how reliable each of the two sources are because of the position of the authors in relation to King Henry VII and their willingness to stay loyal.
A key factor which makes sources A and B useful as evidence for Henry VII’s claim to the throne is the background of each of the authors. Source A was written by an unknown English author and Tudor Cleric, commonly now known as “Psuedo-Ingulf”, whereas source B was written by Pope Innocent VIII, the Head of the Roman Catholic Church at the time it was published. Both men were in a remarkably high stature in society in the period of Henry VII’s reign, and both would have a connection to God as they were members of the Church. This is an important aspect because majority of people believed at the time that God had chosen those to be King therefore it should not be questioned and people would trust the sources. Furthermore both authors would have some association with Henry VII himself as it was important a relationship was formed between the monarch and his Church, and so the public was more likely to be in favour of the sources as they would have been firsthand accounts. Alternatively source A was written by an unknown author compared to source B written by the leading figure of the Church. Because of this it could be said source A is less reliable as evidence for Henry VII’s claim to the throne as it arouses suspicion as to the purpose of the extract and also their intentions of revealing the events.
A further reason for reviewing the reliability of sources A and B as evidence for Henry VII’s claim to the throne is the date and time at which they were both written. With source A being written in 1486, one year...

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