Hello year 4! So far in topic we have learned that Henry VIII was a ruthless king who often got his own way! Today we will learn about ‘the reformation’ and how this made Henry one of the most formidable monarchs in Britain’s history!
BRONZE: Look at the comic below:
1) What was the reformation?
2) Thinking about what we’ve learned so far, why do you think Henry did it?
SILVER: Reformation facts- TRUE or FALSE?
Watch the horrible histories clip. Then read each statement and label it TRUE or FALSE.
- Henry VIII stole from the monasteries to raise money so that he could buy armies to go to war with France.
- When Henry set up the church of England, he made himself the spiritual leader of 600 monasteries.
- Thomas Cromwell and Henry made up that the monks were sinners who deserved to be punished (so that they could take all of their riches).
- Thomas Cromwell ordered his soldiers to destroy all Catholic religious texts they found.
- Bones in coffins were useless and wouldn’t make any money so they left them alone.
- Henry stole and sold the monk’s land, sold the bricks from the monastery walls to peasants and even melted the lead (a type of metal) to make bullets for his army!
- Henry was a generous and merciful ruler.
GOLD: A Tudor Historical Source
Henry VIII Stole the land belonging to the monasteries and sold it to rich lords. Look at the images of the documents and read the information below.
1) Which religious building did the land originally belong to before Henry took it?
2) How would Richard Leveson know for certain that this document was sent by the king?
3) Name two ways Henry VIII has been made to look powerful on this document.
This document is an example of ‘letters patent’. It is a public, written order, from the King Henry VIII, granting the lands of Lilleshall Abbey to a rich merchant, Richard Leveson, after the dissolution of the monasteries.
At the bottom of the document you can see the royal seal. Seals were used on most documents in the past, to keep them closed and to prove that the document really was from the person who
sent it. The Great Seal was special – it belonged to the monarch and all important business that the monarch did had a Great Seal attached.
Henry enthroned. This drawing is in ink, on parchment. The portrait is within his initial ‘H’ and shows Henry sitting on a throne, holding the symbols of his power, the orb and sceptre. See how slim he looks! This is because at this time, Henry was a younger and healthier king.