Henry VIII

Supremacy and rebellion

Supremacy and rebellion

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About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Depth study

The reign of King Henry VIII saw cataclysmic changes for both church and nation. As a palace, a prison and a place of execution the Tower of London played a crucial role in re-shaping Henry VIII's England. 

Students will analyse physical and documentary evidence to consider the role of the Tower as a reflection of both the domination and destabilisation of Henry VIII throughout his reign. 

From economic strife to religious unrest, the varied functions of Henry’s Tower allow students to evaluate this complex Tudor king.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of Henry VIII’s reign, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603.


  • Paper 1, Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: Authority, nation and religion and
  • Paper 3 Option 31: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.


  • Unit 1 Y106: England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors.


  • Unit 1 (AS): Option 1: Government, rebellion and society in Wales and England C.1485-1603
  • Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday, Friday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£12.58 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

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