The English Monarchy
About the The English Monarchy Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the three English Monarchy during the 1500s.
• To be able to identify some of the member of the English monarchy.
• To be able to describe the relationship of England and Spain.
• To be able to identify why Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church.
In the early 1500s, England and Spain were strongly connected by their dedication to the Roman Catholic Church and the fact that Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon of Spain. In the 1530s, Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church so that he could divorce Catherine of Aragon. The Roman Catholic Church had refused to allow the divorce or to annul the marriage, which is why Henry VIII turned his back on the Catholic Church. As a result, the efforts of English Protestant reformers gained official support and the once close relations between England and Spain broke down.