Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter AckroydRich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, Tudors recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIIIs cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under Bloody Mary. It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against the queen and even an invasion force, finally brought stability. Above all, however, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.
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Sign in. As Henry's health deteriorates, he grows introspective as various factions in the court try to position themselves for the seemingly inevitable succession. As Jane Seymour's fortunes rise, Anne's fall. Several of those close to her including her brother are tortured into confessing treason and beheaded. No host? No problem. Watch funny moments, inspiring speeches, and more highlights from the Emmy Awards.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars in this original, history-based drama series as the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion. Henry's marriage to randy, unfaithful teenager Catherine Howard ends in her swift execution, but he finds domestic tranquility at last with the steady Catherine Parr; a war with France and Brandon's death signal Henry's waning days. Henry's marriage to Jane Seymour is happy, fruitful, and tragically short; the king brutally suppresses a rebellion against his religious reforms; England, Spain and the Pope ally against England, forcing Henry to marry a Protestant.
Lady Jane Grey , arguably queen for 9 days in , descended from the House of Tudor in the female line. The Tudor family rose to power in the wake of the Wars of the Roses , which left the House of Lancaster, to which the Tudors were aligned, extinct in the male line. Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII, succeeded in presenting himself as a candidate not only for traditional Lancastrian supporters, but also for discontented supporters of their rival House of York , and he took the throne by right of conquest. Following his victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field 22 August , he reinforced his position in by fulfilling his vow to marry the English princess Elizabeth of York , daughter of Edward IV , thus symbolically uniting the former warring factions under the new dynasty. The Tudors extended their power beyond modern England, achieving the full union of England and the Principality of Wales in Laws in Wales Acts and , and successfully asserting English authority over the Kingdom of Ireland proclaimed by the Crown of Ireland Act They also maintained the nominal English claim to the Kingdom of France ; although none of them made substance of it, Henry VIII fought wars with France trying to reclaim that title.