What makes a martyr?
About this session
Key stage 3 | Subject: History, Religious Education | Topics: Religion, Tudors, Medieval, Crime and punishment | Session Type: Route-based
Over the centuries, the Tower of London has been used to persecute, oppress and control different religious groups, including the incarceration of Jews, Catholics and Protestants.
In this session students will explore real stories of religious oppression, personal resilience and strength in faith. Stories will include the 13th century expulsion of the Jews, the Roman Catholic prisoner and martyr Thomas More and the Protestant Anne Askew.
- Explore personal stories of religious oppression at the Tower of London.
- Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on historic individuals and communities.
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This session supports:
- The role of the state in controlling religion.
- Martyrdom (particular focus on Jews, Roman Catholics and Protestants).
- 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.