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. Pope Clement VII's refusal to allow Henry VIII to seperate from his Spanish wife Catherine of Aragon was the reason for this mass shift in English religion. The founding of the Church of England with Henry VIII as its head meant the population had to disown the Pope and swear an Oath to the King.

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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 ...

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