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CLIP 174

How people watched burnings and Elizabeth I comes to the throne

How people watched burnings and Elizabeth I comes to the throne
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Key Info
  • How people watched burnings and Elizabeth I comes to the throne
  • Duration: 02:03
  • This clip describes how Mary's policy of burning heretics - initially watched with enthusiasm by many - strengthened Protestantism in some ways,and provided Protestants with useful propaganda to use against her. John Fox recorded the burnings alongside explicit woodcuts. English Protestantism is invented. However, conversion back to Catholicism was largely accepted and would have continued. But after only five years in power Mary died, childless, and her heir was her half-sister Elizabeth.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Monarchy: Early Modern

  • Keywords: religion, Reformation, Catholic, Protestant, Mary, heretics, burnings, propaganda, John Fox, Elizabeth
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students to revisit their thinking from the clip 'Bloody Queen Mary'. Does this clip change their views? Another interesting task might be to ask students to write a short report from one of her ministers explaining how her actions have unintentionally made Protestatism stronger and not weaker. This clip is suitable for use with AS/A2 classes.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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