Tudors and Stuarts

The Battle of Bosworth: one of the last major battles of the Wars of the Roses

On the 22nd August 1485, King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth and the forces of Henry Tudor brought the Plantagenet dynasty to an end.

Field of Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII and the Field of Cloth of Gold: short overview

In 1518 the English Cardinal Wolsey had negotiated the Treaty of London, a non-aggression pact that was signed by the twenty major European powers of the time.

Defender of the Faith

Why was Henry VIII given the title ‘Defender of the Faith’ in 1521?

On the 11th October 1521, Pope Leo X granted the title “Defender of the Faith” to King Henry VIII of England.

Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey and the Dissolution of the Monasteries – a short overview

On the 23rd March 1540, Waltham Abbey in Essex became the last abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII.

Anne Boleyn's execution

Why was Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, executed? A short overview.

On the 19th May 1536, Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of the future Elizabeth I – was beheaded in the Tower of London, having been found guilty of adultery, treason, and incest.

Lady Jane Grey

Why was Lady Jane Grey queen of England for only nine days?

On the 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen of England after her first cousin once removed, the 15-year-old King Edward VI, died of an unknown respiratory problem.

John Rogers execution

John Rogers and the Protestant persecutions under ‘Bloody’ Mary I of England

On the 4th February 1555, John Rogers became the first Protestant martyr under ‘Bloody’ Mary I of England.

Execution of Thomas Cranmer

Why was Thomas Cranmer executed in 1556?

On the 21st March 1556, Thomas Cranmer was executed for heresy.

‘The Beggars are Coming’ – classic BBC school history documentary

This isn’t great visual quality, but the content is excellent – it covers issues of poverty during the Tudor period very well. What is a parish? How was it organised as the center of local government during the Tudor period?

Elizabeth I

The start of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign

On the 17th November 1558, Elizabeth I succeeded her half-sister Mary to become queen of England.