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Missing Game of Thrones? Meet the Tudors

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Before the Tudors rose to energy in England, there was a battle for the throne between two branches of the Plantagenet royal family. The battles between the House of Lancaster (sound familiar?) and the House of York ultimately led to a collection of civil wars referred to as the Wars of the Roses in the 1400s. The Lancasters took as their image the pink rose, while the House of York took the white rose as theirs. Regardless of the pretty emblems, the battles between England’s citizens have been ugly, and it took a royal marriage that united the two warring houses to convey lasting peace. Henry Tudor, who can be topped Henry VII, married Princess Elizabeth of York. Their joint image was a rose with pink petals surrounding the white – a Tudor rose, it represented the Home of Tudor, which was the identify of the new royal household. Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth’s youngsters who lived to adulthood included: Arthur (Prince of Wales), Margaret (queen consort of James IV of Scotland and grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots), Henry (who succeeded his father as Henry VIII), and Mary (queen of France as wife to Louis XII and grandmother of Woman Jane Gray).

The Tudor Household’s Troubles

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King Henry VIII of England was an enormous, red-haired man who appreciated to joust and feast. He additionally appreciated the women. For many years, he was principally content together with his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess who happened to be the widow of his brother, Arthur. Henry and Catherine had a daughter named Mary, but no other youngsters lived to maturity. On Henry’s dying, Mary was next in line to inherit the throne. Henry very a lot needed a robust son to carry on his dynastic identify and maintain the kingdom protected as daughters have been perceived as being weaker than sons and fewer capable of rule independently.

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Since, after many years of marriage, Catherine hadn’t given Henry the son he needed, he decided he would get his marriage annulled so he might marry someone else. He had his eye on a younger lady at his courtroom named Anne Boleyn. If his marriage have been annulled, it will be the similar as if it had by no means taken place in the eyes of the regulation and the Catholic Church. As a trustworthy Catholic, he couldn’t annul his marriage on his own. He needed to ask the Pope’s permission, and the Pope would not give it, as Catherine had been true to her marriage vows for many years.

At this similar time in Germany and different elements of Europe, a movement occurred referred to as the Protestant Reformation. Individuals comparable to Martin Luther, a former German priest, needed to start out new church buildings where the Pope and the established Church hierarchy had no say. Henry decided that he would start a church additionally, referred to as the Church of England. The King was the head of this church. One of the first issues he did was to grant himself a divorce from Catherine. This made his daughter Mary illegitimate and subsequently not eligible for the throne – until he had no different male heirs.

When Henry took charge of his new church, he received rid of the previous methods. No more monasteries. Those rich buildings, lands and what they produced went to the King and the King’s trustworthy lords. No extra Catholic clergymen. No more plenty presided over by Catholic clergymen. English citizens who have been devoutly Catholic in their beliefs hated these new guidelines and sometimes attended plenty in secret, even underneath menace of dire punishment. The wealthier families may create hiding locations for the clergymen of their manor houses referred to as clergymen’ holes.

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Henry misplaced no time in marrying his second wife. On September 7, 1533, now-queen Anne Boleyn gave him a daughter named Elizabeth who should have crammed him with delight. However, she was a daughter, and that wasn’t ok for Henry. He acquired rid of Anne – she stood trial for adultery, was convicted and beheaded – and the king married once more. And once more. And again. In all, Henry VIII had six wives. Spouse number three, Jane Seymour, did give Henry a son earlier than she died of childbed fever. But younger Prince Edward was by no means very healthy.

When Henry VIII lastly died in 1547, young King Edward was determined to keep the nation Protestant as his father had decreed it. Throughout his brief rule, his father’s new church – the Church of England – stopped saying its providers in Latin and adopted a brand new English-language prayer e-book, The Guide of Widespread Prayer, which made the Catholics – whose traditional providers have been stated in Latin – even less completely satisfied.

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When 15-year-old Edward died in 1553, Mary, Catherine of Aragon’s daughter, turned the new ruler. She was determined to turn England utterly back to Catholicism – regardless of the value. She was so ruthless in putting to dying Protestants who opposed her that she earned the nickname Bloody Mary. She hoped to keep the country Catholic by marrying Prince Philip of Spain, however it was not to be. Though they did wed, Philip and Mary had no youngsters, and in 1558 Mary died. Her unmarried sister, Elizabeth, turned queen. Regardless of her father’s (and much of the courtroom’s) misgivings, she was a robust queen who led England via troublesome days – however there was a lot of blood on her palms as properly, together with that of her cousin, Mary – Queen of Scots.

A Timeline:

1509 – Henry VII (First Tudor monarch) dies
His son, Henry VIII, turns into king

Henry VIII’s wives:
1509-1533 Catherine of Aragon (Annulled/lived – youngster Mary, later Mary I)
1533-1536 Anne Boleyn (Annulled/beheaded – youngster Elizabeth, later Elizabeth I)
1536-1537 Jane Seymour (Died of childbirth problems – youngster Edward, later Edward VI)
1540-1540 Anne of Cleves (Annulled/lived)
1540-1541 Catherine Howard (Beheaded)
1543-1547 Catherine Parr (Survived Henry and remarried)

1547 – Henry VIII dies
Edward VI becomes king
1553 – Edward VI dies
Woman Jane Gray turns into queen
1553 – Queen Jane is overthrown after 9 days, and Mary I (Edward’s half-sister) becomes queen. She marries Prince Philip of Spain in 1554. No youngsters.
1558 – Mary I dies
Elizabeth I (her half-sister) becomes queen
1587 – Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, is put to demise on Elizabeth’s order

1588 – The destruction of the Spanish Armada is a serious English victory.
1603 – Elizabeth I dies and not using a direct heir
James I (James VI of Scotland and son of Mary, Queen of Scots) becomes king of England. He will survive two plots to dethrone him in his first yr alone – but he will rule until 1625.

Elizabeth determined to not persecute the Catholics until they tried to overthrow her rule. In 1563, a compromise was struck (The Thirty-9 Articles) which allowed some measure of spiritual freedom for Catholics.

Plots and Treachery

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There were these, including the King of Spain and the Pope in Rome in addition to Catholic English citizens, who needed to turn England again right into a Catholic country. They supported Mary Stuart’s, also called Mary, Queen of Scots, efforts to overthrow Elizabeth and take the English throne as nicely. Some English Catholics remained loyal to Elizabeth whereas others joined the rebels. Ultimately, Elizabeth imprisoned Mary the Scottish queen and had her put to demise, along with others who have been judged to be traitors to the Crown.

The Queen’s Favorites: The Gypsy, the Dragon, and Others

Although she never married and was by no means proven to have any vital romantic pursuits, Elizabeth did have her favorites. They have been men of intelligence, ambition, and daring who swore to serve the Queen – whereas additionally serving their own pursuits.

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Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (pronounced “Lester”), had lots of affect with Elizabeth. From the time she came to the throne in 1558 till his demise in 1588, he was her “dear Robin.” Elizabeth gave him generous presents of lands and money. One of her most trusted ministers, William Cecil (Lord Burghley), disliked Leicester intensely for his affect on the Queen. On Lord Burghley’s deathbed, he warned the queen of “the gypsy’s” evil influence. Dudley acquired along better with Francis Walsingham, one other minister who was generally known as the Queen’s spymaster. Dudley’s hopes to marry Elizabeth have been never realized, and ultimately, he married elsewhere. His stepson, Robert Devereux (Earl of Essex), turned one other young favourite of the getting old queen. As his star was fading and one other’s rose, Essex made some treasonable overtures to King James VI of Scotland (Mary, Queen of Scots’ son). He was came upon, tried, and executed.

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At their first assembly, Sir Walter Raleigh famously spread his wonderful cloak over a puddle so the queen needn’t get her ft moist. She was intrigued with the handsome soldier from Devon who spoke intelligently of politics. He stayed at courtroom for a few years and made an enemy of the Earl of Leicester, who was jealous of his affect with the queen. He was additionally enemies with the Earl of Essex. Raleigh (also spelled Ralegh) turned very rich from the queen’s presents and the booty from his privateering (piracy with permission from the Crown). Raleigh was knighted in 1585 for his plans to discovered a colony in the New World, which he had already named Virginia after Elizabeth, “the Virgin Queen.” In later years, he fell from favor at courtroom. He then looked for the fabled El Dorado, the city of gold, but he by no means found it. Elizabeth’s successor, King James I (son of Mary, Queen of Scots), imprisoned him for 15 years and ultimately executed him.

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Sir Francis Drake was one other soldier/sailor from Devon. He and Captain Hawkins set out to prey upon the Spanish fleet to make up for their losses when the Spanish destroyed some of their vessels in Spanish America. He and the other “sea hawks” introduced Elizabeth much gold from Spanish ships. In 1577, he set sail on the Golden Hind (also referred to as the Pelican) and sailed the world round, by means of the Pacific. When he got here house to England in 1580, his ship laden with spices from the East and Spanish gold, the Spanish ambassador demanded that he and his crew be hanged as pirates. Elizabeth declared that the Spanish had handled English ships in a lot the similar approach. Moreover, she declared that English ships had a proper to sail anyplace! She made positive the Spanish obtained her point by knighting Francis Drake, whom the Spanish now referred to as “El Draque” (the dragon). He was a commander when Spain tried to invade England by sea. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 began England’s lengthy interval of sea dominance across the world.

The Renaissance in England

Elizabeth’s lengthy reign was by and enormous peaceable and affluent at residence. She encouraged not only native industries but in addition the arts. She was a patron of a younger playwright named William Shakespeare. He carried out and wrote performs as half of a gaggle referred to as The Lord Chamberlain’s Males, who constructed their own Globe Theatre in 1597. Different well-known writers included Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Edmund Spenser, and Sir Francis Bacon. By the finish of Elizabeth’s reign, England’s literacy fee had grown massively: 30 % general and 60 % for Londoners. The world was really opening for England and her citizens. Throughout the Atlantic, England’s enlargement into the New World brought a promise of freedom for these English residents who nonetheless felt fettered by the Previous World’s ways of faith, society, and politics.

When she died eventually in 1603, she passed her throne on to the James, the Protestant son of Mary, Queen of Scots. James ordered the creation of the Authorised King James’ Model of the Bible, a new English translation for Protestant worshippers. He was somewhat tolerant of Catholicism till the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 by which Man Fawkes and different Roman Catholic conspirators tried to blow up Parliament. James’ rule can be the begin of a new dynasty, the Stuart Dynasty.

If the Gunpowder Plot conspirators had had their approach, the next ruler would both have been Isabella, daughter of King Philip II of Spain, or probably Arbella (Arabella) Stuart, a cousin to both Elizabeth and James. Arbella lived in England, and, regardless that she had little interest in the throne, she was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London just in case somebody may try to put her there. She died in prison of an illness brought on by her starvation strike. They laid her lead coffin on prime of Mary, Queen of Scots’.

When you like your historical past interpreted on movie, take a look at the video listing:

CRRL Picks: Tudor Monarchs on Film

Back when monarchs dominated very almost absolutely, the scramble for the throne played out over an extended recreation of probability, romance, intrigue, and steadily violence. Most of these movies are based mostly on books.

This film, starring Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes, is a dramatization of the Elizabeth Tudor’s youth. Its sequel is Elizabeth, the Golden Age.

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This PBS presentation, hosted by historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, reenacts passages in the lives of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn at unique locales.

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A dramatization based mostly on the story of the nine-days-queen, starring younger actors Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes.

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When Henry VIII breaks his ties with the Catholic Church, he calls for Sir Thomas More, the Chancellor of England, aspect with him. Sir Thomas has a case of conscience. Winner of multiple Academy Awards.

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In the event you take pleasure in studying historical past as stories, peruse these novels featuring the daring and dangerous characters from Tudor occasions.

CRRL My Librarian: Totally Tudor

The Tudor Royals introduced new levels of affluence and high-stakes intrigue to the English courtroom. The rewards have been dazzling, however the penalties for missteps lethal – whether or not you have been in line for the throne or just part of his or her internal circle.

Anne of Cleves had quite a bit going towards her. As Henry’s rejected fourth spouse, stranded in a overseas courtroom where she didn’t converse the language properly, she might do with all the associates she might get. Sadly, two ladies who are near her are hassle. Young and lovely and flirty, Katherine Howard catches the previous king’s eye. Jane Rochford, on the other hand, is a queen of spies. Her testimony despatched her husband and her cousin Anne Boleyn to their deaths. Now, she is advising Anne of Cleves.

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Before her beloved 15-year-old prince of a husband dies, he makes his young spouse promise – to marry his brother. The life of Henry VIII’s first spouse, Catherine of Aragon, is explored by best-selling novelist Philippa Gregory.

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This one is full of rich detail because it follows Sir Walter Ralegh’s rise and fall from royal favor. It types a trilogy with The Succession and Entered from the Solar.

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Woman Jane Gray (“the Nine Days Queen”) had a brief and troublesome life. Her mother and father used her to further their own ambitions, but she was a considerate and discovered young woman with a robust character – and a life that might end all too quickly.

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