Henry Viii And The Succession

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From 1533 to 1553 the succession line in England dismembered itself into a churning goblet of contrasting egos. (hook) One minute Henry VIII was declaring his first born child a Bastard and his second child, the rightful ruler of England, the next minute he swore that both were bastards, and therefore needed to make a formal will. By doing this, Henry VIII had the unusual opportunity to choose his successor(s). First in line would be his new son, then his “bastard” daughters who would be named legitimate heirs to the throne if needed. After them, Frances Grey would inherit the title. This left Lady Jane Grey fourth in line to the throne. In the succession acts, that Henry VIII also passed before Edward VI could declare his will, Henry made it very clear that if another person were to interrupt his line of succession, he or she would be executed for treason. It appeared to England as if Jane was digging her heels into Henry’s succession in 1553 when she took the throne; disrupting the succession and committing treason. They would execute her for this.(discussion) People today should consider Lady Jane Grey to be just as heroic and brave as we have realized Joan of Arc to be. (thesis) From Jane’s exceptional dedication to learning, to how she compares to other rulers that came after her, it becomes evident that Jane’s parents, The Duke of Northumberland, and Henry VIII robbed their country of another elegant lasting female ruler, rather than Jane being the one who was…

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