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Social changes during the Tudor period

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Change during the Tudor period The Tudor reign brought a great deal of change to many aspects of English society. The rule of the Tudors began in 1485 with Henry VI, and ended in 1603 with the death of Elizabeth I. During this time, England was very much a rural country, with most people living in thatched hut houses in villages. One-third of the population in poverty, and only the wealthy experienced any form of education. The most significant of these changes was Henry VIII's Reformation. This saw the country convert to a Protestant state (from previously being Roman Catholic), and cutting all ties with the Vatican. ...read more.

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The Dissolution that resulted from the departure of Catholicism meant Monasteries in England and Wales were disbanded. This saw a massive influx of revenue for the country, most of which went to the monarchy. Edward VI spent just 6 years on the throne, and during this time attempted to further the Protestant reforms his father had started. However, the 1549 Act of Uniformity was widely unpopular with both Protestants and Catholics. Mary I's ascension to the throne saw a departure from the standpoint of her predecessors, as she pushed for a return to state Catholicism - executing the Archbishop of Canterbury and pursuing a militant campaign against protesting Protestants. ...read more.

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During the Elizabethan reign, English expeditions such as that by Sir Walter Raleigh established a colony in North America at Virginia (named after the Queen herself). The reconquest of Ireland under Henry VIII gave him the position King of Ireland, and brought the country under strict English control. Culturally, Elizabethan times were a time of great properity, producing important figures such as the still world-renowned William Shakespeare. Edmund Spenser, regarded as one of the greatest English language poets in history, was also around during this period. The 118 years of Tudor reign played a massive role in the development of England as a country, and the religious, colonial and cultural advances from this period in history are still relevant to society centuries later. ...read more.

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