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1 A Brief History of the English Monarchy

2 Before the Tudors… Prior to British mainland was defined by the feudal system -Lesser kings from different Scandinavian regions were vying for power for centuries

3 Before the Tudors… William of Normandy is victorious at the Battle of Hastings For us, TWO major results: 1) Consolidates power over the region 2) Imposes French culture

4 Before the Tudors… 1087 - William dies (and the corpse…)
-His death = MASSIVE competition for the crown England basically at war with itself off and on until 1485

5 Before the Tudors… 1450-1485 – The War of the Roses
-A thirty-five year power struggle for between the House of Lancaster and the House of York Henry of Lancaster wins and the conflict ends

6 Before the Tudors… A politically crafty Henry extends an olive branch by marrying Elizabeth of York (daughter of the enemy) Their marriage unifies England He becomes Henry VII Family is known as the House of Tudor

7 Henry VII Henry has two focuses during his reign:
1) Consolidating Power 2) Acquiring vast amounts of money for the crown *** Henry’s efforts build the foundation for Britain’s rise as a world power

8 Henry VIII 1509 - Henry VII dies
-His second son, Henry VIII, ascends throne Henry VIII’s priority is maintaining, strengthening, and securing the kingdom his father established *** What is the main ingredient in this recipe for success? A MALE HEIR!

9 Henry VIII At 19, Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon
(a Spanish queen) They are married for about 20 years -Despite multiple pregnancies, they have only one surviving child… …a daughter (Mary Tudor)

10 Henry VIII Henry desperately needs a son to secure his kingdom…
… So he makes a BIG decision, and life in England becomes really interesting…

11 Henry VIII Henry decides to “rid himself” of Catherine and try again with Anne Boleyn The Catholic Church did not recognize divorce, so he had two options: 1) Execute her – definitely lead to war with Spain 2) Divorce her – possibly lead to war with Spain, and definitely lead to excommunication

12 Henry VIII Henry chose divorce, but since he could not rule as an excommunicated king, he wisely first divorced himself and England from the Catholic Church

13 Henry VIII 1530s - Through massive legislation, Henry and Parliament refuted the Pope’s authority and severed England’s ties with Rome The Anglican church (Protestant) is established, and Henry acts as its head He “sold” this concept to his subjects in three ways: 1) Emphasized the Divine Right of Kings 2) Make the Pope out to be fraud. 3) Sacked monasteries, churches and cathedrals throughout the country

14 Henry VIII And now back to the business of begetting an heir…
Henry does marry Anne Boleyn, but she gives birth to another daughter (Elizabeth) Henry = Not Happy. Anne = Beheaded.

15 Henry VIII A list of Henry’s wives and their demise:
Catherine of Aragon – divorced -daughter, Mary Tudor 2) Anne Boleyn – beheaded -daughter, Elizabeth 3) Jane Seymour – died -son, Edward 4) Anne of Cleves - divorced 5) Catherine Howard – beheaded 6) Catherine Parr - survived

16 Henry VIII 1547 – Henry VIII dies
Historically, the most important decision he made was to divorce Catherine of Aragon ***Henry’s decision to split from the Catholic Church was based solely on politics, but it had a massive impact on not only England’s history, but also the social, political, and religious climate around the world

17 Edward VI Edward VI (son Henry VIII and Jane Seymour) ascends the throne at the ripe old age of 9 During his reign, he absolutely reinforces his father’s break from the Catholic Church Why? If he doesn’t, he is considered an illegitimate child and likely faces execution

18 Edward VI He’s a sickly child, and doesn’t last long…
1533 – Edward dies (without an heir)

19 Lady Jane Grey Once Henry’s only male heir had died, the power struggle began Edward’s will forbade his sisters from succeeding him, so Lady Jane Grey, a cousin, is placed on the throne Her ascension is deemed unacceptable by her political enemies, and her reign lasts only nine days (she is beheaded)

20 Mary Tudor Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of
Aragon) assumes the throne Before she ever took power, her reign was viewed as “problematic” Why? Mary is thoroughly Catholic (born into Catholic marriage, raised Catholic)

21 Mary Tudor Mary’s reign was defined by an ideological religious
quest to undo everything her father had done One of her first acts was to marry Phillip of Spain This was a blatant and bold political move for several reasons: 1) Reaffirmed her mother’s reputation/honor 2) Reestablished ties between Spain and England (Spain is powerhouse at this point) 3) Sent a clear message that she supported Catholicism, not Anglicanism

22 Mary Tudor A strong, stubborn leader, Mary legislated the “undoing” of the English reformation Earned the nickname “Bloody Mary” for the following: 1) Killed about 300 religious dissenters who refused to convert 2) Imprisoned her sister Elizabeth 3) Forcibly moved England back to Catholicism

23 Mary Tudor 1558 - Mary dies, and without an heir
Side note: She was so psychologically desperate to produce an heir, Mary had several “phantom” pregnancies during which she actually stopped menstruating and physically appeared pregnant

24 Elizabeth I 1558 – Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn) ascends the throne In a Catholic England, she could not lawfully reign because she would be considered an illegitimate child So…

25 Elizabeth I …Elizabeth sets about undoing everything Mary did in order to restore the Protestant England her father established The “Virgin Queen” reigns until 1603 (45 years), during which: -England experienced its own renaissance -England became the world’s strongest naval power

26 Elizabeth I This is the world Shakespeare was born into (1564)
-Religion and politics went hand in hand, and both seemed arbitrary Elizabeth I was an active and generous patron of the theatre -Had her own acting company called the “Queen's Men”

27 Elizabeth I Elizabeth stood against the Puritans who wished to close down the theatres -Without her support the Elizabethan theatres would not have survived 1590s - Court performances by acting companies became popular and Shakespeare's company was selected more than any other *** Shakespeare does not refer to his queen very often, but he certainly benefited from her love of the theater

28 Elizabeth I As you read Hamlet, consider the social, political, and religious turmoil the people of England had experienced in the past 50 years Keep watch for Shakespeare’s dealing with such issues embedded in the text!

29 History ROCKS
-List of all the English monarchs; pictures -Tudor family tree -European timeline during the Tudor reign -Tudor signatures; awesome!

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