Welcome to the Later Tudors section of Heathen History

These pages are designed to support LVS A Level students studying for their summer examination. Our examination board is OCR H505, and the paper is Y107 – The Later Tudors. Please find the course Personal Learning check list here. You may also like to look at these excellent timelines from the BBC.


We envisage that different students will use different parts of the site in different ways. Most students find the assessment sections above as particularly useful for reference. You should however also look at the additional materials section to enrich and extend your studies. As you study the different units you may like to use the appropriate pages. Below this post will be articles of news about Tudor history. Above all however, we want this to be your site. However you use it is fine, but please take ownership of it. Oh you might also like to see this early film footage of the Elizabethan puritans in action…

Please find here the department’s 5Rs document (Research, Reflect, Review, Read around, and Respond to feedback). It sets out what A Levels students should expect form us, and what we expect from you.

Mr Kydd.


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‘Incredibly rare’ William Caxton print discovered – in the University of Reading

_95969287_caxton3If you click here you will get to a BBC report on a find in the University of Reading’s special finds department – two pages of previously unknown print by Claxton.

“Erika Delbecque, special collections librarian at the university, described the find as “incredibly rare”. The two pages, with religious texts in medieval Latin, were produced by Caxton at his pioneering printing works in Westminster – and are now going on public display for the first time since they were sold from his print shop in the 15th Century. They are believed to be from the earliest years of Caxton’s printing press, either 1476 or 1477, and are being hailed as a remarkable discovery.”

You might like follow the links on the page to find out more about Claxton.

Mr Kydd.

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Essay plan

The plan from yesterday’s lesson.


Mr Kydd.

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Essay plan – To what extent was finance the most serious financial problem that Elizabeth faced ? / Unit 3 overview

Inflation - financial problems essay

Unit 3 overview - question decoding.

Note the colour codings please.

Mr Kydd.

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Pre-mock revision. The sources revision power point


If you click here you will get the technique revision powerpoint presentation for the sources questions. Any further questions, do please come and find me.

Mr Kydd.

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Enrichment – things to watch. Timewatch: The Mary Rose

pomegranateIf you click here you will get to the BBC iplayer and Dan Snow’s Mary Rose Timewatch programme. It is excellent – particularly if you are thinking of archaeology as a degree course. You may also like to click here to visit the BBC’s online interactive guide.

Mr Kydd.

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Half Term Work


Over half term you need to do the following.

  1. Read and note this excellent web link in detail. Read this for extension.
  2. Question 14 – Page 24 (on sugar paper).

Make sure that you explain how the bodies link together.

Now use a piece of A1 paper to construct your own version of the diagram on Page 2. You should include as much evidence as you can and explain the links between the different parts of the system.

3. Essay (Examiner report and guidance on p26)

How important was the Privy Council in the government of England during the reign of Elizabeth ?

4. Watch the following;


Mr Kydd.


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Enrichment – something to watch. She Wolves – Helen Castor


A really excellent start to the course from the super Helen Castor.


Mr Kydd.



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Documents from the British Museum

BL_LogoYear Twelve,

Click here for some useful Mid Tudor documents from the British library. Note in particular;

Edward VI diary entry

The 1549 Book of Common Prayer

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

The 1588 Speech by Elizabeth I.

Mr Kydd.

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History Today -why the Amada failed.

InvincibleArmadaYear Twelve,

If the click here you will get to Geoffrey Woodward’s 1988 article considering the reasons why the Armada failed.

He concludes “when the responsibility for the failure of the Spanish Armada is apportioned, the lion’s share of the blame should go neither to Parma nor to Medina Sidonia, but to Philip II. As Sir Walter Raleigh tersely put it somewhat later: ‘To invade by sea upon a perilous coast, being neither in possession of any port, nor succoured by any party, may better fit a prince presuming on his fortune than enriched with understanding’. The king had created the Armada, and in the end the king destroyed it.”

Have a read and see what you think.

Mr Kydd.

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Obituary – John Bossy

f39ab74b-3176-4782-a28f-100f58736be3-1360x2040Year Twelve,

Apologies – this news passed me by at the time. You will come across John Bossy when you write on Elizabethan religion. He was very much an original thinker, and wrote beautifully. He died in December, and ‘s obituary in The Guardian can be found here.

An extract follows.

“Deftly bypassing traditional disputes between historians of the Catholic Reformation and Counter-Reformation, Bossy dug deeper to discern a profound shift from Christianity being conceived as a community of believers to its being understood in terms of rival confessions of belief. This he considered, controversially, to be a wholly negative development, leading to a diminished religious universe, in which Christianity no longer performed the social miracle of ritualised reconciliation, symbolised by the role of the kiss of peace at the Mass. Instead, there was a new stress on the distinction between the godly – represented by seminary-trained priests and dynamic missionaries spouting hell-fire sermons – and the majority, for whom printed catechisms reduced Christianity to what could be taught and learned.”

Mr Kydd.

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