The Tudors were a royal family who ruled England from 1485 until 1603.
The first Tudor king was called Henry VII.
He fought another king, __________, at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Richard was killed, Henry became king, and a new period of history began.
This is the Tudor family tree. It shows when people were born, when they died, who they married and how many children they had.
Henry VIII was king of England from 1509 until ______.
He was born in 1491, and was only 17 years and 10 months old when he became king.
Henry composed music, which we can listen to at
A description of Henry, by an Italian called Giustinian
His majesty is twenty-nine years old, and extremely handsome. Nature could not have done more for him. He is much handsomer than any other sovereign in Christendom; a great deal handsomer then the King of France; very fair, and his whole frame admirably proportioned. On hearing that Francis I (the King of France) wore a beard, he allowed his own to grow; and as it is reddish, he has now got a beard that looks like gold. He is very accomplished; a good musician; composes well; is a most capital horseman; a fine jouster; speaks good French, Latin and Spanish; is very religious; hears three masses daily when he hunts, and sometimes five on other days. He is very fond of hunting, and never takes his diversion without tiring 8 or 10 horses. He is extremely fond of tennis, at which game it is the prettiest thing in the world to see him play, his fair skin glowing through a shirt of the finest texture.
Look again at this picture of Henry. How would you describe him now? Is he still young and handsome?
Henry and his wives
In England, the crown is passed from the parent to the child when the parent dies. Henry was desperate to have a _____ to pass the crown on to.
In order to have children, Henry had to find himself a wife. But he married not once, not twice, but ______ times!!
Some of these wives died, some he _______, some he had killed and one survived him. Let’s have a look at these wives in more detail.