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Ch 5: The Tudor Period in England

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Refresh your understanding of England's Tudor Period and its key historical figures with this helpful chapter. Our short lessons and quizzes help you study for an exam or finish your homework assignments in an easy-to-follow, mobile-friendly and fun format.

The Tudor Period in England - Chapter Summary

The major events and people of the Tudor Period in England are covered in this engaging chapter. Our instructors introduce you to the kings who ruled during this period, including Henry V, Henry VII, King Edward VI and the famous Henry VIII. You'll study the timeline of the English reformation and some of the facts relating to the Pilgrimage of Grace that took place in 1536.

Other lessons explain the causes of the Tudor Rebellion, the ill-fated life of Lady Jane Grey and the battle between the Catholics and the Anglicans as illustrated with the conflict between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. There's also a lesson on the English class system of the 16th century. Once you have completed this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Explain Henry VIII's relationship with the Anglican Church
  • Describe the importance of Thomas Wolsey during the Tudor Period
  • Detail the events surrounding the execution of Thomas Cromwell
  • Outline Queen Elizabeth I's Golden Age
  • Identify the Elizabethan Poor Laws of 1601
  • Name some of the contributions of William Cecil

Access these mobile-friendly text and video lessons at any time, 24 hours a day, to study with flexibility and convenience. Our instructors have created these learning materials to help make studying fun while you learn these important subjects. If you like to use study guides offline, the printable transcripts make handy tools. An instructor can offer additional assistance if you get stuck as you work through the chapter.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Tudor Period in England
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Henry V of England: Timeline & Accomplishments

1. Henry V of England: Timeline & Accomplishments

Henry V is one of the most popular figures in English history, but why? In this lesson, we'll explore the life and legacy of Henry V, and see how he impacted England for generations to come.

Henry VII: History, Family Tree & Facts

2. Henry VII: History, Family Tree & Facts

Meet Henry VII, the young king who would use his rather distant claim to the throne of England to become King, end the War of the Roses, and establish the Tudor dynasty.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

3. 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.

Thomas Wolsey: Biography, Facts & Death

4. Thomas Wolsey: Biography, Facts & Death

Meet Thomas Wolsey, an intelligent clergyman who rose from a middle class background to be the Lord Chancellor of England. Explore Wolsey's rise to power and witness his fall from grace.

Thomas Cromwell: Facts & Execution

5. Thomas Cromwell: Facts & Execution

Learn about the English Reformation promoter Thomas Cromwell and how he gained King Henry VIII's favor and disfavor, leading to his execution at Tower Hill. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

6. 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.

The Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536: Facts & Overview

7. The Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536: Facts & Overview

Learn about one of the most serious domestic issues faced by King Henry VIII of England - a rebellion, well-organized and with religious overtones, that could have toppled him from the throne.

Tudor Rebellions: Causes & Timeline

8. Tudor Rebellions: Causes & Timeline

The 118 years of the Tudor dynasty were a time of tremendous change in England. Beginning in 1485 with the reign of Henry VII and ending in 1603 with the death of Elizabeth I, this period was quite tumultuous. Not everyone was ready for change.

King Edward VI: Facts, Reign & Death

9. King Edward VI: Facts, Reign & Death

This lesson explores the life and death of King Edward VI. Sadly, Edward's short life has been largely overshadowed by his famous family members. In this lesson we will examine his brief reign and the role it played in setting the stage for the monarchs who succeeded him.

Lady Jane Grey: Execution, History & Facts

10. Lady Jane Grey: Execution, History & Facts

Explore the life and death of Lady Jane Grey, monarch of England, and test your understanding about English history, religious politics, and the complex world of 16th century monarchies.

Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

11. 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

12. 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.

English Class System in the 16th Century

13. English Class System in the 16th Century

Few societies have seen as much change as England during the 16th century. Still, the social classes that grouped that country remained largely intact, despite some internal challenges. In this lesson, we will discuss these internal changes and how it affected the class system in England.

Elizabethan Poor Laws of 1601

14. Elizabethan Poor Laws of 1601

For thousands of years, organized societies have contained impoverished citizens. To help those in need, each government has passed its own set of laws. This lesson will examine the Elizabethan Poor Law of 1601 in England.

William Cecil: Biography, Facts & Contributions

15. William Cecil: Biography, Facts & Contributions

English history is full of powerful kings and queens. However, even the most powerful needed their advisors. In this lesson, we're going to explore the life of William Cecil and see how this royal advisor impacted the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

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