Early modern 1485-1750

Follow the complex manoeuvres, plots and double dealings of the Tudor and Stuart courts through our records in this period dominated by religious conflict and conspiracy.

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Dissolution of the monasteries

Did Henry VIII change the face of England with the stroke of a pen?
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Elizabethan propaganda

How did England try to show Spain planned to invade in 1588?
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God blew and they were scattered

Did God really help the English defeat the Spanish Armada?
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Gunpowder Plot

Can you uncover the plans of the plotters?
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Henry VIII court rules

How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
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Henry VIII: image of a king

Was appearance everything for a ruler in the 16th century?
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Native North Americans

What was early contact like between Europeans and Natives?
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The English Civil War

Why did England become a republic in 1649?
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The King, the Crown and the Colonel

How did Thomas Blood try to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671?
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Tudor rebellions

How seriously did they challenge the authority of the crown?
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William Shakespeare

What can we find out about his life?