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Tudors for kidsTudors for kids learning in KS2 at Primary School. Homework help on the history of the Tudors, Tudor Britian and Henry VIII.

Time: 1485AD – 1603AD

Who were the tudors?

The Tudors are one of the most famous families ever to rule England. They were in power from 1485 when Henry Tudor was crowned King Henry VII, until the time Queen Elizabeth I died, without an heir, in 1603. They were some of the most colourful people in history.

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Explore the high seas with the Tudors. From the National Maritime Museum.
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Facts about Tudors. Everything explained from who the Tudors were and their way of life, from the Armada to Tudor Entertainment.
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This website covers a huge amount of information on the Tudors. Topics include: Tudor Monarchs, Tudor food, entertainment, the Spanish Armada and more…

Tudor Kings and Queens

There were six Tudor Kings and Queens.

  1. Henry VII – 1485-1509
  2. Henry VIII – 1509-1547
  3. Edward VI – 1547-1553
  4. Jane Grey – July 1553
  5. Mary I – 1553-1558
  6. Elizabeth I – 1558-1603

Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors

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All about the Tudors and who ruled during this time.

Henry VIII

Henry VIIIWhen Henry’s father (Henry VII) died, he became King. He loved to be rich and powerful and he would show this off by having castles built and palaces such as the most famous one, Hampton Court Palace. He wore jewels in his clothes and spent his money on huge feasts just to show off. He was a very grumpy King and if you where to upset he you could have your head chopped off.

He had eight wives:

  1. Catherine of Aragon – She had a daughter with Henry, but no son so Henry divorced her.
  2. Anne Boleyn – She had a daughter (who will be Queen Elizabeth I) with Henry, but Henry turned against his wife and had her head chopped off.
  3. Jane Seymour – They had a son, Edward (who was the next King) but she died two weeks after he was born.
  4. Anne of Cleves – Henry divorced her after only six months.
  5. Catherine Howard – She was only 19 when they married. He had her head chopped off.
  6. Catherine Parr – She looked after this children.
henryVIIIandtudorsHenry VIII and the Tudors
Learn about what Henry VIII was like and why he was so famous even today.
henryVIIIHenry VIII
Learn about what Henry VIII was like and why he was so famous even today.
joust-for-henryHeads and Hearts Henry VIII is getting married for the 6th (and let’s hope final) time! In honour of his new Queen, Kathryn Parr, Henry is holding a jousting tournament at Hampton Court Palace.
dressed-to-killDressed to Kill Henry VIII is hosting a foot combat tournament at the Tower. Are you good enough to fight the King?
hamptoncourtHampton Court Palace- Surrey, UK
Explore Henry VIII’s majestic palace including his magnificent state apartments, haunted gallery, the formal gardens and the famous maze.
greattimequestHampton Court – The Great Time Quest Welcome to Hampton Court Palace’s magnificent past! Your only way back to the present is to complete these time travelling quests…

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Elizabeth I

Elizabeth IElizabeth I was the last Tudor ruler. She was Queen for 45 years from 1558 and made England a rich and powerful country famous for its writers and composers. She would invite poets and musicians to entertain her. The most famous writers were William Shakespeare.

She had a quick temper and liked to get her own way. She lived in fine palaces in London. It was an exciting time when she ruled. There were a lot of new ideas being discovered and many English explores sailed off to new lands.

She never married, unlike Henry VIII, and as she grew older the people wondered who would be next. So when she died on 24th March 1603 the Tudor period ended and the next in line to the throne was James VI of Scotland who became King and started the Stuarts period.

Tudor Britain

Even though Elizabethan England was very rich there where many poor people who had to beg for a living. In 1563 a Poor Law was passed so that money could be raised for the less fortunate ones.

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An era of change and triumph, from Henry VIII’s Reformation to Elizabeth and the Armada.
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Find out about the Tudors. See real documents and objects from Tudor times. Test your skills with our games.

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hever-castleHever Castle – Kent, UK Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn family.
cons-tudorhouseBBC Bitesize Tudor Clips
Clips on looking at what life was like in tudor times.
buildtudorhouseBuild a Tudor House See how Tudor houses were build with box like structures of wood.
battleofbosworthBattle of Redemore (Bosworth) See how the battle progressed in the Battle of Redemore (Bosworth) 22nd August 1485.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter RaleighSir Walter Raleigh was an English Explorer, soldier and writer. He was a favourite of Elizabeth I and she knighted him after he fought in Ireland. It is said in history that he spread his expensive cloak over a puddle for the Queen to walk over.

He had many expeditions across the Atlantic to America, one trip he brought back potatoes and tobacco to Europe, two things that were not known of at that time.

Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis DrakeSir Francis Drake was a famous explorer. He was the first Englishman to sail around the world. His first expedition was to Africa where they cptured people there and sold them to be slaves in the New World (The Americas). In 1577 Sir Francis Drake set sail around the world stealing from Spanish ships as he went and attacking Spanish ports. He brought back lots of treasure to which the Queen was very proud of him for and he was knighted him Sir Francis Drake.

The Spanish Armada

How did the Spanish Armada start?

In 1588 King Philip II of Spain, angry that the English were raiding Spanish ships, and stealing there treasures, sent a fleet of ships (The Spanish Armada), to invade England. They planned to sail to the Netherlands to meet an army to join them but while sailing through the English Channel they were attacked by English warships. There were fierce sea battles and one night while the Spanish ships were anchored near France the English sent eight ships that had been set on fire, into the middle of the Spanish ships. They panicked and scattered all over the place.

Who won in the Spanish Armada?

The next day they both battled all day but the English, in the end, won.

What happened to the Spanish Armada?

The Spanish ships were blown north around Scotland and Ireland where most of the ships were wrecked in terrible storms.

BBC History - The Spanish ArmadaBBC – The Spanish Armada
A history of The Spanish Armada, how it started and what happened in the attack.
Childrens History Encyclopedia - The Spanish ArmadaChildrens History Encyclopedia – The Spanish Armada
A short history of The Spanish Armada.

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