The Tudors Effect On History Essay

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Argument Persuasion Essay: The Tudors Effect on History “Nothing would be the same for any woman in this country again…. For everyone would know that if a wife such as Queen Katherine of England could be put aside for no reason, then any wife could be put aside.” (Gregory, 2002, 276) The Tudor dynasty was a well-known royal family during England in the 1500’s. The best known, and discussed ruler during this time was King Henry the VIII. He is known for his many wives, specifically six, and also his radical reformation of the English Church. King Henry VIII was very concerned with having a male heir to continue the dynasty. For that reason, he annulled his first marriage to Queen Catherine of Aragon. This annulment of his first marriage fuelled the creation of the English Church. Although Henry VIII may have acted in pure self-interest, this creation of the English Church would later lead to the Protestant Reformation. Students studying the Tudor Dynasty should appreciate the steps taken in religious history by King Henry VIII. King Henry 's desire for a male heir changed religious history. He was willing to annul his first marriage to ensure the continuation of the Tudor dynasty through a male heir. England wanted a strong alliance between England and Spain, leading to the marriage between Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII. Catherine had been married once before to Henry’s brother, Arthur. Once she was widowed, she was then remarried to Henry. Henry was desperate for
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