Ch 8: AP European History: English History (1450-1700)

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Watch English history video lessons and learn about the Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War, Henry VIII, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: English History (1450-1700) - Chapter Summary

From 1450-1700, England saw multiple threats and claims to the throne, which resulted in wars and conflicts for centuries. In this chapter, you'll learn about the rise of the Tudor dynasty after the Wars of the Roses and how Henry VIII defeated Catholic rule in his country. This chapter help you with these types of questions on the AP European History exam:

  • Explaining England's War of the Roses and how the Tudors came out on top
  • Exploring the advent of the Anglican Church and the role of Henry VIII
  • Summarizing the roles of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in the religious and cultural life of the day
  • Understanding the conflict at Jamestown
  • Identifying the important politics, events, and people of the English Civil War
  • Examining the timeline of the English Reformation
  • Understanding the significance of Stuart Period and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

This chapter will help you prepare for the exam through short, engaging video lessons. Our instructors have specially designed these lessons to make sure you are ready to do well on related test questions. Work at your own pace and check your progress as you go through the lessons with the self-assessment quizzes.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: AP European History: English History (1450-1700)
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England's Wars of the Roses

1. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

2. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

3. The English Reformation: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the English Reformation of the 16th century. Using a timeline, we will explore its motivations, major leaders, and development.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

4. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.

Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

5. Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

This lesson will explain the conflict between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England that eventually led to Mary's execution. It will also highlight the conflict between Catholicism and Protestant England.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

6. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

7. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

This lesson focuses on the settlement of Jamestown and the conflicts that occurred between the native populations and the English settlers. While exploring this topic, it will highlight England's response to the troubles that plagued the settlement.

The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

8. The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

This lesson will explain the Gunpowder Treason of England. As it uncovers the details of this assassination plot, it will explain the part Elizabeth I and the other Tudor monarchs played in creating the resentment that brought it to life.

The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

9. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

This lesson will describe the events that led to the rise of Oliver Cromwell's theocracy. It will highlight the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles and the oppressive rule of Cromwell.

The Stuart Period in England: Events and Timeline

10. The Stuart Period in England: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we will meet the English kings and queens of the Stuart family who reigned from 1603 to 1714. We will also learn about a few of the major historical events that took place during this time.

The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

11. The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine the causes, events, and effects of England's Glorious Revolution of 1688, in which King James II was overthrown by William of Orange and his allies in the English Parliament.

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