History courses for your students
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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.