The Tudors

Articles on the most important figures of the Tudor era in England and a description of the times

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The Tudors – Elizabeth – Portrait of a Queen

Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1558 after the death of her sister, Mary. She needed to win the support of her people, both Catholics and Protestants, and those who believed that a woman could not rule a country by herself. One of the best ways for a monarch to win...
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The Tudors – Bloody Mary Counter Reformation

Mary I Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, has the misfortune of being remembered as ‘Bloody Mary’. The nickname implies that she was hated throughout the land for the burning of Protestants in her bid to restore Catholicism to England,...
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The Tudors – Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey was born in October 1537. She was the daughter of Henry Grey and Frances Brandon, daughter of Henry VIII’s youngest sister, Mary. She was well educated and also a devout Protestant. At the age of 9 years she was sent to court under the protection...
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The Tudors – Edward VI – Protestantism

Edward VI was just nine years old when his father died and he became King. His father had made provision for a Regency government comprised of 16 trusted men. However, Edward’s uncle, Edward Seymour, seized the regency for himself and the title ‘Protector...

The Tudors – Catherine of Aragon Timeline

Date Summary Detailed Information 16 Dec 1485 Birth Catherine of Aragon was born at Alcala de Henares in Spain. 1489 Treaty of Medina del Campo The treaty of Medina Del Campo that agreed the marriage of prince Arthur of England to Catherine of Aragon was signed. 18...
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The Tudors: The Six Wives of Henry VIII

For more information on the wives of Henry VIII and other counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.     The Wives of Henry VIII: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn,...

The Tudors – Protestant or Catholic?

Protestants and Catholics had very different ideas about religion. Their different ideas are compared below Protestant During the period 1500-1700 Protestants could practice their religion freely during the following dates: 1547-1553 1558-1700 Churches Churches should...
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Break with Rome Timeline

Date Summary Detailed Information  1517 Martin Luther 95 thesis  Luther made a protest against the Catholic practice of Indulgences. Luther gained support for his ideas and Europe became split between Luther’s supporters (Protestants) and the Catholics.  Oct...
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The Tudors – The Reformation

The Reformation began when a German named Martin Luther criticised the power and practices of the Catholic Church. In 1517 he listed 95 grievances against the Catholic Church and nailed them to the door of the church in Wittenburg. The Pope was very cross and...
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Tudor Entertainment: Amusement in the Royal Courts

Tudor Entertainment: What did the Tudors do for fun? The modern world is filled with ready-made entertainment – television, computers, music centers, etc. Before the entertainment economy was developed, in the Tudor period people had to make their own form...
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