The Tudors

Topics: Henry VIII of England, Elizabeth I of England, Henry VII of England Pages: 14 (4626 words) Published: January 6, 2013
“Transilvania”-University of Brasov
Faculty of Letters


‘Now I want

Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,

And my ending is despair,

Unless I be relieved by prayer,

Which pierces so that it assaults

Mercy itself and frees all faults.[1]’

Main ideas

1. The facts of a monarch haunt his conscience but the people`s one as well.

2. Violence –necessary method used in the XVI century.

3. The education of the “common spirit” requires many sacrifices.

4. The king reigns because he is loved not for his power or assets.

5. There is a fine line between love and hate, between loyalty and treason.

6. The religion brought many caresses but it led even more wars.

7. The result of one bloody century in Tudor’s dynasty was spiritual stability and a cultural blossom.

Key words

• Dynasty

• Martyr

• Blood

• Heir

• Love

• Treason

• Instability


This project tries to be selective but rather objective, because history could not possibly be described subjective unless you were there when it happened. It’s an overview over more than one century of the early history of England ,the XVI century, namely the reign of The Tudors and it has captured the highlights and defining moments of this dynasty, not necessarily in a historic and diachronic mode but more in an analyzer way of the histories and the stories of them. Comparing other domains, which are certainly in a continuous development and it may be difficult to keep up, history always gives the pleasure of finding something new by paying a second look, even if it is actually old! Therefore, this project was made as a consequence of the admiration for a long gone era.

I. Introduction

‘When, in August 1485,the twenty-eight year old Henry Tudor stood as victor on the field of Bosworth it was by no means the dawn of a new age.’[2]For England in those times it was marked another twist of fate in the long struggle of two rival dynastic to gain the throne. By the time Henry VIII reign, the accession of the Tudors was accepted as the beginning of a new era, for two reasons: the first was the success of Tudor’s rule-son had succeeded father without bloodletting- and the second one was the promotion by the family itself of the idea. The Dynasty of the Tudors also known as the Tudor Rose was a result of The Wars of the Roses, which created the legend of The Union of the Roses, the red of Lancaster and the white of York. As representatives there was: Henry VII, who was the founder of the dynasty and his son Henry VIII, Eduard VI, Mary I and her sister Elizabeth, Henry VIII descendants. There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.[3] The monarchs who reign in that period seemed to be leaded by a high appreciated wisdom which was rarely influenced by their feelings, although they took some drastic measures, which caused many bloody episodes, the historians seem to overlooked them and gave them much credit for what England represents today.

II. New rule strategy

André Maurois says that “importanţa evenimentelor scapă aproape ȋntotdeauna celor care sunt martori lor.” [4] The coronation of king Henry Tudor VII by his step father, Lord Stanley meant the end of a society, because...
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