The failure of Lady Jane Grey’s reign; the succession of Mary, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s daughter. The controversy over the burning of heretics during Mary I’s reign; her efforts to restore Catholicism more positively: the efforts of Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury. The death of Mary and the succession of Elizabeth, her half-sister–the legacy of “Bloody Mary” and her current reputation.
Tell the story of why Henry VIII broke away from the Holy Father in Rome and established the Church of England with himself as the Supreme Head and Governor; describe the first martyrs (the Carthusians, Thomas More, John Fisher, etc); the Dissolution of the Monasteries; the death of Henry VIII and his legacy.
Brief notes on changing interpretation of the English Reformation in historical studies. Description of the Catholic Church in England before the Reformation/Break from Rome: based on landmark study by Eamon Duffy, note the vitality and integration of Catholicism with everyday life in England: introduce some main characters of the story: Thomas More, Thomas Wolsey, John Fisher, Henry VIII