Tudors II Lecture - Henry’s offspring – Edward, Mary and Elizabeth
Following on from Tudors I, which focused on Henry VIII and his six wives, Tudors II looks at Henry’s offspring – Edward, Mary and Elizabeth.
At this time in history, ascending the throne and staying there was always a somewhat fraught experience. Edward VI was succeeded by Lady Jane Grey, largely due to the influence of his ‘adviser’, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, eager to keep a Protestant on the throne (to say nothing of securing his own position, of course); Mary Tudor quickly despatched with this nine day queen, only to find herself constantly ‘looking over her shoulder’ re: Protestant threat from her own step-sister, Elizabeth; who in turn was threatened by the Catholic threat posed by Mary Queen of Scots! So not an easy ride for any of Henry’s children!
And then there were those scheming courtiers and reckless explorers: Edward Seymour and jealous brother, Thomas; John Dudley and son Robert; Sir Christopher Hatton, Robert Devereux, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake – a truly fascinating bunch. And not forgetting of course the great ‘bard’, Sir William Shakespeare. This period of history had it all!
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