Primary History

Famous People: Glossary

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A to D

ambassador
someone sent to another country to represent their own country
Armada
Spain's invasion fleet of 1588
beheaded
When someone had their head cut off, as a punishment
burned at the stake
executed by being burned alive in a bonfire
catholic
a member of the Roman Catholic Church, led by the Pope
coronation
ceremony for making a king or queen by crowning them
court
the followers and close advisers of a king or queen
divorced
when a marriage is ended by law
divorce
when a marriage is ended by law

E to G

feast
a banquet, a celebration or party with lots to eat and drink
governess
a woman who looked after and gave lessons to a child at home

H to L

hawking
hunting with trained hawks (birds of prey)
jousting
mock-fights by knights on horseback
ladies in waiting
noblewomen at Court who were friends and helpers of the Queen
Latin
the language of learning, law and the Christian Church
Lord protector
nobleman who ruled England while Edward VI was growing up

M to O

noblemen
rich landowners with titles such as Lord or Duke

P to S

protestants
Christians belonging to a church that split from the Catholic Church in the 1500s
rebellion
a revolt or uprising against a ruler or government
Stuarts
Scottish royal family, to which Mary Queen of Scots and James VI belonged

T to Z

treason
the crime of plotting against a ruler or government
Tudor
the royal family that ruled England from 1484 (Henry VII) to 1603 (Elizabeth I)
Tutor
a private teacher who gave lessons at home
Other famous writers, poets and musicians

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