Study & Essay
What was the relationship between Henry VIII's desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon and the onset of the English Reformation?
In what ways was Henry's break with Rome much more of a political event than a religious one?
How important were ministers such as Thomas Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell to Henry's reign?
What were Henry's reasons for persecuting both Catholics and Protestants in the later years of his reign?
What was the role of Parliament in Henry's religious and political reformation, and why is this role significant?
Describe Henry's relationships to fellow monarchs such as Emperor Charles V and France's King Francois I. What do these relationships tell us about the success of Henry's efforts to win prestige on the European stage?
What were some of the economic problems faced by Henry's subjects, and how did the king help or exacerbate these problems?
In what ways did Henry's religious and political reforms affect directly the lives of his subjects, and what can we say about their relative support or opposition to those reforms?
What do Henry's six marriages tell us about the political importance of royal marriages in the sixteenth century?
In your opinion, does Henry VIII deserve his historical reputation as a tyrant? Why or why not?
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