The Reformation: reassessing the reign of Henry VIII

Course Dates: 03/11/22 - 08/12/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Portrayed as both an icon and a tyrant in portraits, cartoons, novels films and on television, Henry VIII is one of England’s most instantly recognisable kings. However, fictitious portraits have in many ways obscured the more serious side of Henry, particularly his own religious beliefs and his Reformation legacies.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00

Course Code: HBH17

Thu, day, 03 Nov - 08 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Henry took religion far more seriously than we might think. Moving away from the simplistic assumption that he instigated a religious Reformation just to marry his second wife Anne Boleyn, we will situate the English Reformation in the wider context of social and religious change in Europe. The repercussions of Henry’s insistence on Royal Supremacy, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the persecution of the clergy and heresy will also be explored.

What will we cover?

• Week 1: The wider European context: why an English Reformation?
• Week 2: The Reformation Parliament & royal supremacy
• Week 3: The Dissolution of the monasteries in England & Wales
• Week 4: Resistance to the Reformation and rebellions
• Week 5: A reversal of reforms? Heresy, Thomas Cromwell & Thomas Howard
• Week 6: Assessing the historical impact of the Reformation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Assess the Reformation in the context of European social, political & religious change
• Evaluate the impact of the Reformation on royal power
• Explain the long-term impact of the dissolution of the monasteries on religious life
• Critically assess the extent to which the Reformation led to social instability in England & Wales
• Explain whether religious reforms could be ‘reversed’ in Henry’s reign
• Evaluate the long-term historical impact of the Reformation on England.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught via weekly sessions.
You will be offered the option of taking a weekly quiz, for which you will receive feedback.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook to class if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH18 Bloody Mary: the life and times of Mary Tudor.

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