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September 15, 2012 – Queen Elizabeth 1, Part II

Explain the two great dangers to Elizabeth and how they affected Catholics: her rivalry with Mary, Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada (plots led by Catholics to depose Elizabeth and replace her with Mary on England’s throne and the Catholic position on the Spanish Armada). Describe the wave of martyrdoms of Catholic priests and laity after the Armada: why are they martyrs?
Describe the end of the Tudor dynasty and the transition to the Stuart dynasty–the status of Catholics in 1603.

August 25, 2012 – The Protestant Reformation Comes to England

Calvinism in England during the reign of Edward VI; the influence of Continental Reformers; Thomas Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer; popular reaction and rebellion. Discuss Edward VI and his position as a young king trying to control his older half-sister Mary (conflict over her Catholicism and Mass) and the attempt to prevent a Catholic Queen (the story of Lady Jane Grey).