Henry to Mary: A Religious Rollercoaster

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based

In the Tudor period, religion was a hotbed of revolution. The rollercoaster of religious changes led to widespread confusion and turmoil, impacting both the royal family and their subjects.
In this session students will explore primary evidence from the buildings of Hampton Court and analyse the impact of changes in the monarch’s religion in one of the key locations where religious and political decisions were made.

Learning Objectives
Students will:

  • Analyse the impact the changing national religion would have on the Tudor court.
  • Explore the physical evidence to examine the different kinds of religious belief among the early Tudor monarchs.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Monday to Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
One hour
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission


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