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Accepting Henry VIII's changes
Accepting Henry VIII's changes

Duration: 03:54

How relics were declared to be invalid in Henry VIII's new church. Using the example of Hales Abbey the clip explores how people began to turn against the old ways.

 
Armada!
Armada!

Duration: 02:40

The Spanish Armada and the hostility of Catholic powers in Europe helped Elizabeth to make the Protestant religion secure in England.

 
Armour worn by Henry VIII
Armour worn by Henry VIII

Duration: 01:51

What was it like to wear Henry VIII's armour?

 
Catholics under Elizabeth I
Catholics under Elizabeth I

Duration: 03:31

The position of Catholics under Elizabeth I when loyalty to the queen meant loyalty to the Protestant church and a look at one man’s ingenious solution to the dilemma.

 
Charles I's policies on religion
Charles I's policies on religion

Duration: 04:31

Charles I failed to appreciate that even a king had to compromise with his subjects, especially about religion. He introduced changes which were likely to store up trouble for the future.

 
Death of Henry VIII
Death of Henry VIII

Duration: 00:46

The situation at the time of Henry VIII's death when many people hoped the changes Henry had begun would stop with his death, but few could know what would happen.

 
Death of King James II of Scotland
Death of King James II of Scotland

Duration: 01:07

James II’s death left James III, a boy king, in charge of Scotland.

 
Edward VI attacks purgatory
Edward VI attacks purgatory

Duration: 03:13

The new king Edward VI was a committed Protestant reformer who began by attacking the Catholic belief in Purgatory. Some Catholics tried to get round these reforms.

 
Elizabeth I becomes Queen and makes changes to the Church
Elizabeth I becomes Queen and makes changes to the Church

Duration: 02:16

Historian Ronald Hutton explains how Elizabeth I was able to make England Protestant again while avoiding more upheaval and potentially creating Catholic martyrs.

 
Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII
Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII

Duration: 02:24

Understanding the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII.

 
England in the early 1600s: religious division
England in the early 1600s: religious division

Duration: 03:50

In the early 1600s England was deeply divided on religious lines. The king was the most important factor in making sure that the divisions did not spill out into conflict.

 
Exhibition at Hampton Court reveals Henry VIII in Colour
Exhibition at Hampton Court reveals Henry VIII in Colour

Duration: 02:04

The colourful world of Henry VIII through tapestry and painting as revealed through Holbein paintings and digital restoration.

 
Henry VIII Becomes Head of the Church
Henry VIII Becomes Head of the Church

Duration: 01:11

How Henry VIII's need for an heir was one of the main reasons for the break with Rome.

 
Henry VIII sends Cromwell to dissolve the monasteries
Henry VIII sends Cromwell to dissolve the monasteries

Duration: 01:48

How commissioners sent by Thomas Cromwell closed the monasteries during Henry VIII's reformation.

 
Henry VIII's motives for his break with Rome
Henry VIII's motives for his break with Rome

Duration: 04:46

Henry's motives for breaking with Rome and how he secured his new position as head of the church. The impact of this change on ordinary people is also discussed.

 
How did Becket become a saint?
How did Becket become a saint?

Duration: 02:26

A dramatic reconstruction in which 'eyewitness' and un-named expert analysis explain how Becket gained a saintly reputation.

 
How did the Reformation change church buildings?
How did the Reformation change church buildings?

Duration: 03:49

Changes to the church in Edward VI's reign and how these changes affected ordinary people.

 
How people watched burnings and Elizabeth I comes to the throne
How people watched burnings and Elizabeth I comes to the throne

Duration: 02:03

Mary's policy of burning heretics helped strengthen Protestantism but England would have remained Catholic had not Mary died childless, leaving Elizabeth as her heir.

 
How the Monasteries became the victims of the Reformation
How the Monasteries became the victims of the Reformation

Duration: 0:51

The dramatic nature of the changes the Reformation brought to English society.

 
James I and Scotland's role in the 100 Year War
James I and Scotland's role in the 100 Year War

Duration: 05:47

A look at Scotland's support for France in the 100 Year War and how Henry V used James I to divide the two nations.

 
James III of Scotland
James III of Scotland

Duration: 04:24

James III is viewed as Scotland's first renaissance king, interested in prestige and wealth more than power.

 
The differing fortunes of the MacDonalds and Stewarts
The differing fortunes of the MacDonalds and Stewarts

Duration: 02:41

The fortunes of the MacDonalds and Stewarts at the turn of the 16th Century.

 
The Glorious Revolution
The Glorious Revolution

Duration: 05:09

Charles II's reign was relatively stable, but when he died he was succeeded by the Catholic James II. James' actions alarmed some powerful Protestants and he was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Catholics were effectively excluded from power.

 
The Pilgrimage of Grace
The Pilgrimage of Grace

Duration: 04:21

The rebellion against Henry VIII's religious changes, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. The clip explains how Henry dealt with the rebellion by promising to listen and then brutally suppressing it.

 
The Reformation and religion in 16th century Britain
The Reformation and religion in 16th century Britain

Duration: 00:57

Reverend Peter Owen-Jones explains how religion was an integral part of everyday life in Tudor England and why the Reformation was so important.

 
Union of the Crowns
Union of the Crowns

Duration: 03:19

On the death of Elizabeth I, James VI of Scotland also became King of England.

 
Was the Glorious Revolution glorious?
Was the Glorious Revolution glorious?

Duration: 02:06

Historians explain how the Glorious Revolution accidentally created the foundations of religious toleration in England.

 
What were the consequences of the break with Rome?
What were the consequences of the break with Rome?

Duration: 01:15

An illustration of the depth of change Henry's reformation brought to British society.

 
Who was the real Henry VIII?
Who was the real Henry VIII?

Duration: 01:33

The many characters of Henry VIII are revealed in a new exhibition at the British Library.

 
Why did Henry VIII dissolve the monasteries?
Why did Henry VIII dissolve the monasteries?

Duration: 02:44

The process by which Henry VIII dissolved England's monasteries. As well as removing papal authority and making Henry very rich, the Dissolution enabled him to strengthen his position as Head of the Church.

 
Why was religion so important to Tudor people?
Why was religion so important to Tudor people?

Duration: 02:38

The pre-Reformation Catholic church and how the Pope, as head of the church, was even more important than the king. In the early 16th century Henry VIII accepted this situation.

 
Why were saints so important?
Why were saints so important?

Duration: 02:10

The role of the saints within the Catholic church. Why saints were so important to ordinary people and how they were affected when Henry decided to get rid of them.

 

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