The Tudors Henry VIII and elizabeth i

Why is Henry famous?

The king with six wives

Henry was the King of England who had six wives. But Henry did lots of other things besides marrying six times. He wanted to make England strong. Most of all, he wanted a son to be king after him.

When did he live?

Henry was born in 1491. In English history, the time when he and his family lived is known as the Tudor age. Tudor was Henry's family name.

Henry lived at a time of changes. People had new ideas in art, science and religion. They sailed off to explore new lands. Henry died in 1547. Three of his children ruled England after him.

Why do people remember Henry?

Paintings of Henry VIII show a big, fierce-looking man in fine clothes. He looks scary, and many people were scared of him. If the King did not get his way, he got cross. People who made him cross risked having their heads chopped off!

As a young man, Henry was handsome and clever. He was good at sport, music and dancing. He wanted to be a soldier and a famous king.

Why is Queen Elizabeth famous?

Who was Elizabeth I?

Elizabeth was Queen of England, Ireland and Wales from 1558 to 1603. She gave her name to the 'Elizabethan Age'. It was an exciting time in English history. This was the age of William Shakespeare's plays, Francis Drake's voyages, and the sea battles against the Spanish Armada.

When did she live?

Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII. She was born in 1533. Her grandfather Henry VII was the first Tudor king of England.

Elizabeth became Queen of England in 1558. She died in 1603.

Why is Elizabeth famous?

Elizabeth I ruled England alone. She did not marry. So although she was queen, England had no king. This was unusual at the time.

The Elizabethan Age was an exciting part of English history. There were new ideas, and arguments about religion. There were wars with Spain. English explorers sailed to new lands.

Credits:

Created with images by waldomiguez - "hampton court palace" • tpsdave - "hans holbeing king henry viii england" • steph.clifford - "Elizabeth I"

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