Tudor England Online History Study Course & Assessment

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Course Overview

Triggered by the intellectual instability of Henry VI and ambitions of his French queen, Margaret of Anjou, the Wars of the Roses split the House of Plantagenet into rival Houses of Lancaster and York. In 1485, the victory of Lancastrian, Henry Tudor against Richard III, a Yorkist ruling king ended the war and gave birth to a new English dynasty - the Tudor House.

Henry VIII was the second Tudor king of England. His reign presided over the beginning of the English Reformation. His matrimonial involvements, particularly with Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn led to England’s split from Rome. Given the title, Head of the Church of England, Henry VIII consolidated a new concept of kingship in England.

Raise as a Protestant, nine year old Edward VI was crowned King of England in 1547. Being a minor, Edward’s reign was governed by a Council of Regency designed by his late father, Henry VIII. It was during Edward’s reign when the Church of England transformed into a Protestant institution. At the age of 16, Edward and his council drew up the Device for the Succession, naming his cousin Lady Jane Grey as heir.

Mary I was the daughter of Henry VIII to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. According to John White, bishop of Winchester, Mary was a king’s daughter, a king’s sister, a king’s wife. She was a queen and by the same title a king also. In the history of English monarchy, Mary I was the first woman to successfully claim the throne of England amidst all competing claims. Her short reign was characterised by vigorous efforts to restore Catholicism in England.

Elizabeth became Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. She was the last reigning monarch of the House of Tudor after succeeding her half-sister Mary I, whose marriage with Philip I of Spain remained childless. Sometime referred to as Gloriana or the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth’s reign was characterised as more moderate compared to her father and half-siblings. Amongst her achievements as Queen were the defeat of the Spanish Armada and England’s Golden Age.

Part 1: Henry VII, 1485-1509

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the significance of the Wars of the Roses to the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, analyse how Henry VII secured his claim to the throne & assess Henry VII’s domestic and foreign policies.

Part 1 Quiz: Henry VII, 1485-1509

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Part 2: Henry VIII, 1509-1547

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, discuss the nature of Henry VIII’s rule, analyse Henry VIII’s domestic and foreign policies & assess the significance of the Act of Supremacy to England’s religious life.

Part 2 Quiz: Henry VIII, 1509-1547

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Part 3: Edward VI, 1547-1553

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, analyse Edward VI’s character, aims and succession, discuss the nature of the creation of the Devise for the Succession in 1553, compare and contrast the rule and policies of Somerset and Northumberland as Lord Protector & examine the extent of religious changes from 1547 to 1553.

Part 3 Quiz: Edward VI, 1547-1553

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Part 4: Mary I, 1553-1558

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand Mary I’s character and problems in succession, discuss the nature of the Wyatt’s rebellion & examine the impact of Marian policies and the Catholic restoration and persecution.

Part 4 Quiz: Mary I, 1553-1558

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Part 5: Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the nature of Elizabeth’s claim to the throne, examine Elizabeth I’s management of financial, economic and social issues & discuss the challenges to Elizabeth I’s rule of England.

Part 5 Quiz: Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

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Tudor England Course Assessment

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the origins of the Tudor England .