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The Tudors For Dummies

By: David Loades and Mei Trow Published: 12-28-2010

This entertaining guide covers the period from 1485 to 1603, exploring the life and times of everyday people (from famine and the flu epidemic, to education, witchcraft and William Shakespeare) as well as the intrigues and scandals at court. Strap yourself in and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the romantic and political liaisons of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - and that's not all! Information on surviving Tudor buildings, such as Hampton Court, adds a contemporary twist for readers wanting to bring history to life by visiting these historic sites.

The Tudors For Dummies includes:

Part I:  The Early Tudors
Chapter 1:  Getting to Know the Tudors
Chapter 2:  Surveying the Mess the Tudors Inherited     
Chapter 3:  Cosying Up With the First Tudor 

Part II:  Henry VIII
Chapter 4:  What was Henry like?
Chapter 5:  How Henry Ran his Kingdom
Chapter 6:  Divorced, Beheaded, Died; Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: The Perils of Marrying Henry
Chapter 7:  Establishing a New Church: Henry and Religion

Part III: Edward VI, Mary and Philip, and Queen Mary
Chapter 8: Edward, the Child King
Chapter 9: Establishing Protestantism
Chapter 10: Northumberland, Lady Jane Grey and the Rise of Mary
Chapter 11: What Mary Did
Chapter 12: Weighing Up War and Disillusionment

Part IV: The First Elizabeth
Chapter 13: The Queen and her Team
Chapter 14: Breaking Dinner Party Rules: Discussing Religion and Politics
Chapter 15: Tackling Battles, Plots and Revolts
Chapter 16: Making War with Spain
Chapter 17: Understanding the Trouble in Ireland
Chapter 18: Passing on the Baton - Moving from Tudors to Stewarts

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten top Tudor Dates
Chapter 20: Ten Things the Tudors Did For Us
Chapter 21: Ten (Mostly) Surviving Tudor Buildings

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Notable Tudor Laws

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The key stages in the development of Tudor government are marked by the passage of acts of Parliament. Indeed, the Tudors never claimed the right to make laws by any other means. Here are some of the more significant laws made by the Tudor monarchs: 1489: Justices of the Peace 1504: Statute of Liveries 1510: Sumptuary Laws 1533: Act of Appeals 1534: Act of Supremacy 1536: Franchises 1536: Act for the Dissolution of the Monasteries 1539: Act of Six Articles 1547: Treasons Act 1547: Dissolution of the Chantries 1549: First Act of Uniformity 1552: Second Act of Uniformity 1553: First Act of Repeal 1554: Heresy 1554: Second Act of Repeal 1559: Act of Supremacy 1559: Act of Uniformity 1563: Statute of Artificers 1581: Against Reconciliation With Rome 1585: For the Queen’s Surety 1601: Poor Law

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Tudor Monarchs and Their Spouses

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Apart from Henry VII, the Tudors weren’t very lucky in their marriages. Despite marrying six times, Henry VIII was survived by only one son and two daughters. Of these offspring, only Mary married – and disastrously at that – and none of them left any children. Result? End of the line: Henry VII, born 1457; reigned 1485–1509 Married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV Henry VIII, born 1491; reigned 1509–1547 Married Catherine of Aragon; Queen 1509–1533 Married Anne Boleyn; Queen 1533–1536 Married Jane Seymour; Queen 1536–1537 Married Anne of Cleves; Queen 1539–1540 Married Catherine Howard; Queen 1540–1541 Married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer; Queen 1543–1547 Edward VI, born 1537; reigned 1547–1553 Jane Grey, born 1537; reigned 10–19 July 1553 Mary I, born 1516; reigned 1553–1558 Married Philip II of Spain; 1554–1558 Elizabeth I, born 1533; reigned 1558–1603

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Rebellions and Conspiracies against the Tudors

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Rebellions and conspiracies against the Tudors were all unsuccessful, because many of the relevant grievances were of local concern only and the dynasty was pretty good at getting hold of most of the rebels. Following are the most noteworthy uprising and plots: 1487: Invasion by Lambert Simnel, who claimed to be the earl of Warwick 1494–1497: Conspiracies in favour of Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be Richard of York 1497: Rebellion in Cornwall 1536: The Pilgrimage of Grace 1549: Rebellions in Devon, Cornwall, Oxfordshire and East Anglia 1554: Sir Thomas Wyatt’s conspiracy and rebellion 1556: The Dudley conspiracy 1569: Rebellion of the Northern Earls 1571: Ridolfi Plot 1586: Babington Plot 1601: Rebellion of the earl of Essex

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Important Voyages and Journeys of the Tudor Period

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Trade and exploration weren’t high on the royal agenda until the reign of Edward VI. After that, the Crown and the merchant community keenly backed voyages. Here are some of the most important voyages of the era: 1553: Hugh Willoughby and Richard Chancellor seek a North East passage 1562–1563: John Hawkins’ first slaving voyage 1564: John Hawkins’ second voyage. 1568: Hawkins’ third voyage – San Juan d’Ulloa 1576: Martin Frobisher reaches Meta Incognita – Baffin Land 1577–1580: Francis Drake sails round the world. Columbus, you were right – it’s round!

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Key Executions of the Tudor Period

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The Tudors carried out more political executions than you'll find listed here, but these deaths represent significant markers in the development of the respective monarch’s sense of identity. The message? Don’t mess with the Tudors! 1499: Earl of Warwick and Perkin Warbeck 1510: Edmund Dudley and Sir Richard Empson 1521: Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham 1535: John Fisher and Sir Thomas More 1536: Anne Boleyn 1538: Cardinal Pole’s family 1540: Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex 1542: Catherine Howard 1552: Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset 1553: John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland 1554: Jane Grey 1556: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury 1581: Edmund Campion, Jesuit missionary 1587: Mary Queen of Scots 1601: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

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Timeline of Top Tudor Events

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

A lot can happen in 118 years. Here is a list of events that were important both at the time of the Tudors and for what they meant for the future. 1485: Henry Tudor invades and defeats Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and is crowned king Henry VII. 1486: Henry and Elizabeth marry; Prince Arthur is born. 1487: Lambert Simnel invades from Ireland, and is defeated at Stoke; the Wars of the Roses end. 1492: Treaty of Etaples with France. 1493: Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the Crown, emerges in Ireland. 1496: Scots invade England in support of Warbeck. 1497: Cornish rebellion; Warbeck captured. 1501: Arthur and Catherine of Aragon marry. 1502: Arthur dies. 1503: Elizabeth of York dies; Prince Henry and Catherine are betrothed; James IV and Margaret – Henry VII’s daughter – marry. 1509: Henry VII dies and Henry VIII ascends; Empson and Dudley are arrested; Henry and Catherine marry. 1511: Henry joins the Holy League against France. 1513: Battle of Flodden; James IV dies; English victory at Tournai; Thomas Wolsey rises in Henry’s service. 1514: Peace with France; Louis XII marries Mary – Henry’s sister. 1516: Wolsey becomes a cardinal; Bessie Blount becomes Henry’s mistress; Princess Mary is born. 1518: Wolsey sets up the Treaty of London and gets temporary universal peace. 1519: Charles V becomes holy Roman emperor. Illegitimate Henry Fitzroy is born. 1520: Henry meets Francis I of France at the Field of Cloth of Gold; Henry meets Emperor Charles V; Mary Boleyn becomes the king’s mistress. 1521: Henry orders the execution of the duke of Buckingham and writes a book on his Catholic beliefs. 1522: War with France; Henry ends his relationship with Mary Boleyn. 1527: Henry starts divorce proceedings against Catherine. 1529: Wolsey fails to find a solution to Henry’s divorce and Henry fires him. 1532: Henry sleeps with Anne Boleyn, who becomes pregnant. 1533: Henry marries Anne; Archbishop Cranmer declares Henry’s first marriage null; Act in Restraint of Appeal severs ties to Rome; Elizabeth is born. 1534: Parliament passes the First Succession Act and the Treasons Act. 1536: Catherine dies; Dissolution of the Monasteries; Act of Supremacy; Pilgrimage of Grace; ‘Silken Thomas’ revolts in Ireland; the English Bible is approved; Henry marries Jane Seymour. 1537: Prince Edward is born; Jane dies. 1539: Act of Six Articles. 1540: Henry marries and divorces Anne of Cleves; Thomas Cromwell falls; Henry marries Catherine Howard. 1542: Treaty with the emperor; war with Scotland. 1543: Treaty of Greenwich betroths Prince Edward to Mary Queen of Scots; Henry marries Catherine Parr. 1544: War with France; attack on Scotland; fall of Boulogne. 1545: England defeats a potential French invasion; Mary Rose sinks. 1546: The Howards fall; Henry makes his will. 1547: Henry VIII dies; Edward VI – aged 9 – becomes king; duke of Somerset forms the protectorate; war with Scotland; Act of Six Articles is repealed. 1549: Act of Uniformity; first Book of Common Prayer issued; rebellions in Devon and Norfolk; Somerset falls; war with France. 1550: Peace with France; earl of Warwick becomes lord president of the Council. 1552: Second prayer book issued. 1553: Edward VI dies; Jane Grey reigns briefly; Mary succeeds and returns to the old ways in religion. 1554: Sir Thomas Wyatt rebels; Mary marries Philip II of Spain; England and Rome are reunited. 1555: Mary starts burning Protestants; Mary’s pregnancy is false. 1557: War with France. 1558: England loses Calais; Mary and Cardinal Reginald Pole die; Elizabeth becomes queen with William Cecil as secretary of state. 1559: Protestant religious settlement by the Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity; Protestants revolt in Scotland. 1560: English intervene in Scotland, resulting in the Treaty of Edinburgh; Elizabeth flirts with Lord Robert Dudley, whose wife, Amy Robsart, dies in suspicious circumstances. 1562–1563: England’s intervention in France fails; Treaty of Troyes. * 1567: Mary Queen of Scots is imprisoned and her husband, Lord Darnley, murdered. 1568: Mary Queen of Scots arrives in England as a fugitive; John Hawkins fights at San Juan d’Ulloa; England seizes Alba’s pay ships. 1570: Papal bull excommunicates Elizabeth. 1571: Act against papal bulls. 1572: Treaty of Blois with France; massacre of St Bartholomew’s day. 1584: Assassination of William of Orange, leader of the Dutch revolt. 1585: Treaty of Nonsuch with the United Provinces; war with Spain; Drake in the Caribbean. 1586: Babington Plot seals the fate of Mary Queen of Scots. 1587: Drake raids Cadiz. 1588: Spanish Armada is defeated; Robert Dudley dies. 1591: English campaigns in support of Henry IV of France in Normandy and Brittany. 1593: Henry IV becomes a Catholic. 1595: Tyrone’s revolt in Ireland; Drake and Hawkins fail in the Caribbean. 1596: Capture of Cadiz; second Spanish Armada fails due to weather. 1598: William Cecil, Lord Burghley, dies; Peace of Vervins between France and Spain. 1599: The earl of Essex is sent to Ireland and fails in his mission. 1601: The earl of Essex revolts. 1603: Elizabeth dies; Robert Cecil secures the peaceful accession of James VI of Scotland.

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