Royals: The Tudors

The story of Henry VIII and his six wives fascinates generations to this day. Elizabeth I has been an inspiration for many TV shows and movies. In this course we will explore the fascinating monarchs from the Tudor dynasty, a royal house that ruled England for over a hundred years. Under the Tudors, England experienced an unprecedented period of change and transformation. Henry VIII’s obsession with having a son triggered the breakup with the papacy, and Elizabeth I set the course for England to become a world power. This course will help you develop an understanding of the Tudor legacy and its long-lasting impact on British history.

Featuring subject matter expert

Anna Whitelock
Anna Whitelock

Royal Commentator, Senior lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Anna Whitelock is a reader in early modern history and lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as director of the London Centre for Public History and Heritage.

How did the English look upon the Scottish King James VI as their new king?

The succession of the Scottish King James VI was remarkably a smooth and peaceful transition after centuries of rivalry between England and Scotland.

Course Overview

  • Delve into the Tudors’ undeniable legacy and explore their role in shaping Britain’s future.
  • Gain an understanding of how Henry VII united the country after a violent and turbulent battle.
  • Realise Henry VIII’s decision to break ties with the papacy in Rome and establish the Church of England.
  • Unpack the reign of Elizabeth I, known as the Elizabethan or Golden Age.
Course content
  • Full HD Video Lecture
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Certificate of Achievement





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