The Tudor dynasty is one of the most famous and influential in British history. From the rise of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, they transformed England from an old fashioned state to a powerful nation. Famous for their political and religious reforms, their influence can still be felt today. Here are the top 10 facts about the Tudors.
1. There were 6 Tudor monarchs in total.
There were a total of 6 monarchs in the Tudor times. You have probably heard of them.
Here’s a list of them and the years they reigned for.
Henry VII: 1485 – 1509
Henry VIII (the one who had 6 wives!): 1509 – 1547
Edward VI: 1547 – 1553
Jane Grey: 1553 – 1553
Mary I: 1553 – 1558
Elizabeth I: 1558 – 1603
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2. England became wealthier!
During this time, England became wealthier and was doing better than ever.
This meant that the country was able to build amazing houses, some of which you might be able to see today.
Schools and colleges were also set up!
3. William Shakespeare was alive in the Tudor times.
You have probably heard of William Shakespeare.
He was one of the greatest writers of all time and was around in the Tudor times.
Theatres were really popular and that’s how Shakespeare got so famous.Embed from Getty Images
4. Your religion could get you in trouble!
You could get in big trouble if you were Catholic when Henry VIII was in power.
You’d also get into trouble if you were a Protestant when Mary I was Queen.
You might have been arrested, locked in the Tower of London… or even executed.
5. Henry VIII had six wives!
Catherine of Aragon – Henry divorced her because they had no son.
Anne Boleyn – Henry turned against his wife and had her executed.
Jane Seymour – Jane sadly passed away two weeks after their son was born.
Anne of Cleves – They got divorced after six months!
Catherine Howard – They married when Catherine was only 19. Henry executed Catherine.
Katherine Parr – In 1547 Henry passed away. She stayed devoted to him until then.Embed from Getty Images
6. They loved music.
In the Tudor times, they absolutely loved listening to music and going to dances.
People played instruments and kept practising in hope that they could become good enough to play in the royal court.
7. You wouldn’t be allowed to play sports!
In 1512 Henry VIII banned ordinary people from playing sports.
The only time you were allowed was during Christmas.Embed from Getty Images
8. Sugar was fashionable.
Sugar is very popular now – and it was also popular in the Tudor times.
Only the rich people could afford it.
They ate so much that their teeth went bad and turned black.
It ended up becoming fashionable to have black teeth as it showed their wealth!Embed from Getty Images
9. We live longer than the Tudors.
We live far longer than the Tudors because of our advancements in technology and medicine.
Their average life expectancy was 35 – 40 years. That is so young in this day and age!
10. Tudor houses.
You might have seen the black and white Tudor houses before.
They have a wooden frame with walls made from ‘wattle and daub’.
This was wooden strips covered with wet soil, mud and clay.
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