The Reign of Henry VIII

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Reign of Henry VIII

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may only take one History Seminar. Spaces are limited.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Henry VIII (1509-47) is the first English monarch for whom we have sufficient evidence to assess his quite complex personality. This seminar will focus on his ambitions and achievements in the territories he ruled or claimed (England, Ireland, Wales, France and Scotland), analysing his foreign policy, relations with the church including the Henrician Reformation, his reorganization of crown government in the 1530s, the succession problem, faction at court, and socio-economic changes during this period. King Henry was seen by contemporaries as a great king; his marrying in turn six wives, his judicial murders of many nobles and ministers, and his appointment of himself as pope and arbiter of the faith in his own kingdom certainly attracted a good deal of attention; but they also prompt the question of how he avoided being deposed like previous English kings for failing to govern acceptably.

    Introductory Reading: John Guy, Tudor England (Oxford, 1988); J.J. Scarisbrick, Henry VIII
    (2nd ed, Yale, 1997); Diarmaid Mac Culloch (ed), The reign of Henry VIII (Basingstoke, 1995)

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