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Date/Perio Event
1547 Death of Henry VIII .
Accession of Edward VI ­ problems with a minor on the throne as Edward V was possibly murdered by
Richard III.
Duke of Somerset appointed Lord Protector ­ Somerset overthrew the regency council and governed
with members of his household. He…

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1550 Duke of Northumberland (Warwick) made Lord President of the Council .
Repeal of sheep tax .
Treaty of Boulogne ­ stopped drain on Crown's finances through receiving £133,333 from the French as
payment for the return of Boulogne. This stopped national humiliation. Northumberland also improved
finances by ending the…

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Mary's third Parliament ­ resolved the status of the Church, compromise on church lands as many of
the political elite had benefitted financially from the acquisition of monastic land and did not want to
surrender. It was insisted that Pole must bring confirmation of the continued ownership of the lands…

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o `Elizabeth and her ministers always intended that the settlement should be firmly
Protestant' ­ Hudson.
Royal Injunctions ­ made provision for the implementation of the Act of Uniformity at the level of the
individual parish church, required local officials to adopt a Protestant view of forms of worship and…

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Elizabeth again pressed by Parliament to marry.
Lord Darnley murders Mary Queen of Scots' Italian Secretary.

1567 Darnley is murdered and Mary is suspected `unfairly' .
Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate by Moray who declares her son, James, King and names
himself as regent .
Duke of…

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Ridolfi Plot­ Ridolfi was a Florentine banker who wanted to secure a Spanish landing at Harwich. They
would then march on London, overthrow Elizabeth and MQS would marry the Duke of Norfolk and
become Queen. The plot was uncovered when one of Ridolfi's messengers was apprehended and
tortured. The plot…

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The division of the Dutch provinces ­ the Union of Utrecht (northern, Protestant) and the Union of
Arras (southern, Catholic). Philip makes peace with Arras which creates a new base for the Duke of
Parma to launch an invasion in the north.

1580 Arrival of first Jesuit missionaries in England…

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Assassination of William of Orange, leader of the Dutch rebels against Spain ­ originally Orange was a
loyal supporter of the Spanish crown. However he became concerned about the centralising tendencies
of the Spanish in the Netherlands and the increasingly repressive nature of religious policies. He was
declared an outlaw…

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Successful English attack on Spanish fleet at Cadiz­ Drake attacked and destroyed more than 30
vessels at the cost of 300,000 crowns to the Spanish.
`Bill and Book' proposals reintroduced in the House of Commons by Anthony Cope ­ it was in support
of the execution of MQS, stated the…

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burned the city and took hostage several of the city's prominent citizens, who were taken back to
England to await payment of their ransom. This was military glory for Essex.
o The expedition had demonstrated `a muddle of contradictory purposes' ­ MacCaffery.

1597 Successive harvest failures lead to many deaths…


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