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By Jasper Ridley

From the coming of Henry Tudor and his military, at Milford in 1485, to the dying of the good Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, this was once an astonishingly eventful and contradictory age. all of the strands of Tudor existence are collected in a wealthy tapestry - London and the rustic, costumes, furnishings and nutrients, trip, drugs, activities and pursuits, grand tournaments and the good flowering of English drama, juxtaposed with the stultifying narrowness of peasant lifestyles, bad roads, an unlimited underclass, the tough remedy of heretics and traitors, and the distress of the Plague.

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Throughout his reign, he had a succession of able ministers – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell and Stephen Gardiner – and this has led to a controversy among historians as to how far Henry himself was responsible for his domestic and foreign policy, and how far it was his ministers who decided everything in his name. It is difficult for us today to be certain about this. His ministers acted in his name; his enemies, hesitating to attack the King himself, always blamed his ministers whenever Henry adopted measures which they did not like; and Henry from time to time sacrificed them as the scapegoats for policies which he had ordered, or allowed, them to pursue, and which had become unpopular.

College of Physicians founded. 1513 Henry VIII invades France; the Earl of Surrey defeats and kills James IV of Scotland at Flodden. 1514 Marriage of Henry VIII’s sister Mary to Louis XII of France. Wolsey begins to build Hampton Court and York Place (later Whitehall). 1515 Henry VIII’s sister Mary marries the Duke of Suffolk. 1516 Sir Thomas More’s book Utopia published. Birth of Henry VIII’s daughter Mary. 1517–18 Virulent outbreak of the sweating sickness in England. 1519–21 Magellan’s expedition from Spain sails round the world.

Death of Jane Seymour. Henry VIII permits the publication of the English translation of the Bible. 1538 Execution of Cardinal Pole’s family. 1538–46 Henry VIII builds Nonesuch Palace. 1539 Act of the Six Articles against the Protestants. 1540 Henry VIII marries and divorces Anne of Cleves. Fall and execution of Thomas Cromwell, and intensified persecution of Protestants. Henry VIII marries Katherine Howard. Foundation of the College of Surgeons. The hottest summer within living memory. 1540–50 Beards and short hair become general.

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