Unit 1 The Tudors

Textbook Reference:KS3 History:Study Guide: Pages 12-16; History:Revise KS3 : Pages 43 - 61

Lesson 1 examines why the Tudor line emerged and how Henry VII managed to gain and keep power.
Next we look at Henry VIII and his famous wives!
We look briefly at King Edward and Queen Mary before looking at the way in which Queen Elizabeth uses spin to tell her subjects about what she wants them to think of her!
Then there are 2 lessons about Tudor exploration of the world by sea and one about the role of the Tower of London in Tudor times.
Finally a look at people’s lives in Tudor times – a chance for you guys to research different aspects of how they lived.
Lesson 1: How did Henry VII win and keep the throne
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Three examples from a really good batch of homeworks - there were several others just as good - well done everyone

Lesson 2: Henry VIII and his wives - what was the problem?
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Why did the happy, cheerful, clever athletic Henry become such a miserable mean old man?
It would appear, according to recent research to have been down to a bump on the head!
Henry VIII became the tyrannical monster remembered by history because of a personality change following a serious jousting accident in which he was knocked out and may well have received a brain injury.
After the accident – just before he became estranged from the second of his six wives, Anne Boleyn – the king, once sporty and generous, became cruel, vicious and paranoid (this means he thought everyone was out to get him), his subjects began talking about him in a new way, and the turnover of his wives speeded up.
The accident occurred at a tournament at Greenwich Palace on 24 January 1536 when 44-year-old Henry, in full armour, was thrown from his horse, itself armoured, which then fell on top of him. He was unconscious for two hours and was thought at first to have been fatally injured.
But, although he recovered, his jousting career was over and he suffered from leg ulcers which often made movement difficult. Henry when sporty and active, has a good appetite, which he did not reduce when he stopped. The result was rapid weight gain. Look at the measurements of his armour :
He was 185cm tall – a big chap!. In his 20s his waist was 80cm but by the time he was in his 50s it was 135cm! By the time he died he weight about 180Kg!

Lesson 3: Elizabeth's view of herself!
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Extras: None this week

Lesson 4 : Tudors all at Sea
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Lesson 5: Hero or Villain?
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Extras: is good

This is an interesting site - unfortunately it is in German - I have a translate button on my tool bar - if you do not then it would be a good idea not to visit:

The first student contributor to the new blog - HERE

Lesson 6: The Tower of London
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Topic that have been taken:

Women in Tudor times - Billy
Tudor houses and homes - Mohammed and Warren
The poor in Elizabethan England - Ben
Medicine in Tudor times - Lauryn
Tudor Christmas ( and include other celebrations like weddings if you like) - Nic
Theatres in Tudor time ( including Shakespeare)
Tudor food and drink - maybe a recipe or 2? Morwenna & Kat
Tudor clothes Saskia
Education in Tudor times - Chloe I think?
Crime and Punishment in Tudor times - Courtney
Ships and sailors - Guilhem


Homework:Extras: These are ideas to choose from and links to various topics for the homework this week:
To be done in PowerPoint if possible - no more than 4 slides for one person , but you may share with ONE other person, in which case up to 7 slides between you. No repeat topics so be sure to book yours early.
Tudor life links
About Home life, Food, Towns, Poor Tudors, Rich Tudors, Entertainment, Punishment, Sports and Music
go right to the bottom of a looooong list to find:
Women in Tudor, Tudor Manor Houses, The Poor in Elizabethan England, Tudor Medicine, Tudor Sports and Pastimes, Theatres in Tudor England, Tudor Christmas about food about clothes
Food & Cooking . Houses & Furniture . Clothing, Health. Games & Entertainment, Work & School, Crime & Punishment
Tudor Society ,Food Costume Dress, Entertainment ,Elizabethan Poor Law (about poor people)
click on the links half way down the page and find:
Tudor Crime and Punishment AND Crimes and Punishments of Poor Tudors, Tudor Religions, Tudor Education,
Tudor Alphabet (anyone interested in a really odd set of facts) AND Tudor Schools, Tudor Medicine
click on the links half way down the page and find:
Facts and Information about different aspects of life in Tudor England
Tudor Daily life , Tudor Entertainment, Tudor Women ,Tudor Village Life, Tudor Jobs, Tudor Family Life, Tudor Weddings, Tudor Daily Meals,
Tudor Dance, Tudor Games, Tudor Jousts and Tournaments, Tudor Masques

Lesson 7: Tudor lives
Because you are doing all the work, I have no prepared notes for you this week - nor a PP to upload here as it is - so far - half a dozen of yours to use
PowerPoint:Copies of all we saw in class:

Class Notes: None

Anyone feeling super-intelligent? Here a link to a series of podcasts about the Tudor period - it is aimed at A level students and some of them are given by university lecturers - they will probably be far too dry for most of you. But I have a feeling that some you guys might relish the challenge!!