How did Henry VIII initiate the Reformation?

How did Henry VIII initiate the Reformation?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will be learning about Henry VIII - one of the most famous English monarchs in history. We will learn about Martin Luther's creation of a new branch of Christianity, called Protestantism and how Henry VIII changed the official religion of England from Catholicism to Protestantism in order to get his way. We will conclude by learning about his six wives.

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  • Contains conflict or violence.
  • Contains subject matter which individuals may find upsetting.


Adult supervision suggested.


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5 Questions

Which three men thought they were the rightful successor to the throne in 1066?
Edward the Confessor
Correct answer: Harald Hardrada
Correct answer: Harold Godwinson
Tostig Godwinson
Correct answer: William I
What was King Henry II rumoured to have shouted after discovering Becket had excommunicated priests?
"Bring me his head!"
"Who will murder this treacherous priest?"
"Will no one rid me of this treasonous scoundrel?"
Correct answer: "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"
Which Crusade did Richard I fight in?
the First Crusade
the Second Crusade
Correct answer: the Third Crusade
Tick two actions that made King John a bad king.
He persecuted Jewish people.
Correct answer: He raised taxes and took away the barons' land.
He said "I would have sold London if I could find a buyer."
Correct answer: He was excommunicated by the Pope.
Why did Edward I build castles in Wales?
To increase the number of homes he had access to.
Correct answer: To keep hold of the country and stop any rebellions.
To show the people of Wales that he was very rich.

4 Questions

What three things was Henry VIII most famous for? Be careful, as you only get the point if you get all 3 right!
Becoming obese in later life
Correct answer: Building a fleet of 50 ships and being 'the father of the Royal Navy'
Building Hampton Court Palace
Correct answer: Having six wives
Correct answer: The English Reformation
Which branch of Christianity did Martin Luther form?
Correct answer: Protestantism
What was the main reason Henry VIII chose to leave the Roman Catholic Church?
He did not like giving the Pope money.
Correct answer: He wanted to be able to find a new wife to have his male heir.
He wanted to be the leader of the Church.
Which two of Henry VIII's wives were beheaded? Be careful, as you only get the point if you get both right!
Correct answer: Anne Boleyn
Anne of Cleves
Correct answer: Catherine Howard
Catherine of Aragon
Catherine Parr
Jane Seymour

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UnitHistory / Medieval Monarchs