Early modern 1485-1750

Follow the complex manoeuvres, plots and double dealings of the Tudor and Stuart courts and the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745, through our records in this period dominated by religious conflict and conspiracy.

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Cholera: from ‘great stink’ to safe to drink?

What impact did the environment have on people’s health in the 19th century?
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Christmas is cancelled!

What were Cromwell’s main political and religious aims for the Commonwealth 1650-1660?
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Crisis in the reign of Mary I

How far can Mary I’s reign be considered a time of crisis?
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Dissolution of the monasteries

How far was money the motivating factor in the dissolution of the monasteries?
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Elizabeth I in her own words

What can learn about Elizabeth’s style of ruling?
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Elizabethan propaganda

How did England try to show Spain planned to invade in 1588?
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Enquiring into Elizabeth

What were the issues faced by England’s most famous Tudor Queen?
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Foundling Hospital

What were conditions like for children in the care of the Foundling Hospital?
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God blew and they were scattered

Did God really help the English defeat the Spanish Armada?
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Gunpowder Plot

Can you uncover the plans of the plotters?
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Henry VIII court rules

How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
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Henry VIII: image of a king

Was appearance everything for a ruler in the 16th century?
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Jacobite propaganda

What was the point of Jacobite propaganda?
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Native North Americans

What was early contact like between Europeans and Natives?
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The King, the Crown and the Colonel

How did Thomas Blood try to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671?
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Tudor rebellions

How seriously did they challenge the authority of the crown?
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William Shakespeare

What can we find out about his life?
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Women and the English Civil Wars

How did these conflicts affect their lives?