The House of Tudor 1485-1603

The Tudors ruled England for 118 years. During the Tudor period, England emerged from the mediaeval period as a powerful nation state. The five Tudor monarchs presided over virulent religious conflict and social dislocation from 1529 when Henry V111 first challenged the authority of the papacy as the dominant force in Western Christendom. Most of the legislation passed by successive parliaments throughout this period has had a lasting impact on future English and British history. Mary 1 burnt 300 Protestants at the stake, while her half sister Elizabeth 1 declared that she had “no wish to look into men’s souls” but in the later years of her reign her security chief, Sir Francis Walsingham, hunted Jesuit priests and Catholic spies with great relish. Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Jane Grey, Sir Francis Drake, Robert Dudley, William Shakespeare, Lord Burleigh and Thomas Cromwell, all played an important part in the Tudor drama but we shouldn’t forget the six wives of Henry V111 also feature prominently in the Tudor story.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Peter Ackroyd, History of England Volume 2, TUDORS (Macmillan: 2013)
  • G.J.Meyer, The TUDORS, The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty (Delacorte: 2010)
  • Alison Weir, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Penguin: 2008)
  • David Loades, Elizabeth I, The Golden Reign of Gloriana (Bloomsbury: 2003)
  • C.R. Routh, Who’s Who in Tudor England (Shepheard-Walwyn: 1990)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Henry VII (1485-1509): Foundation of the Tudor dynasty by right of conquest
  • Henry VIII (1509-1547): Catastrophic break with Rome, dissolution of the monasteries, six marriages and three heirs to the throne
  • Edward VI (1547-1553): The boy king and radical Protestantism
  • Mary I (1553-1558): Catholic counter reformation and return to Rome, civil disturbances and the impact of a failed Protestant coup involving Lady Jane Grey in 1553-1554
  • Elizabeth I: Gloriana and the transformation of England into a police state, the wonders of Elizabethan literature, including Shakespeare and Marlowe
  • The New World: Overseas empires and the invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588
  • Execution: Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 after 21 years of incarceration
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