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The Wives of Henry VIII Diploma Course

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Portrait painting of Queen Anne of Cleves (1515-1557), fourth wife of Henry VIII

What Will You Learn?

“Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.”

The story of Henry VIII, Tudor Monarch and King of England, and his six wives has fascinated people across the ages - a compelling tale of political power, religious reform, love, sex and dastardly betrayals. But Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr were real women with real dreams and ambitions of their own - rich examples of women of their time, although sometimes ‘out-of-time’.

In this course, you will be introduced to each of the women he married, how they came to be queens, and the political circumstances at the time that may have prompted or aided their specific appearance.

The Wives of Henry VIII Diploma Course begins with a look at the ‘two halves’ of Henry’s reign and explores the possible medical reasons for Henry VIII’s tyrannical behaviour. You will also examine how his relationship with his mother might have coloured h...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: The Astonishing Tale of a King with Six Wives
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Who was Henry Tudor?
  • Part 2: Medical Reasons for Henry’s Tyranny
  • Part 3: A Man Who Demanded Love and Loyalty
  • Part 4: The Quest for a Son and Rightful Heir
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: A Queen for Two Kings – Catherine of Aragon
  • Part 1: The Politics of Marriage
  • Part 2: The Early Life of Catherine of Aragon
  • Part 3: The Short-Lived Marriage of Catherine and Arthur
  • Part 4: Catherine of Aragon’s Marriage to Henry VIII
  • Part 5: The Beginning of the End
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: The Rise of Anne Boleyn and the English Reformation
  • Part 1: Who was Anne Boleyn?
  • Part 2: The Beginning of the Relationship
  • Part 3: Catherine Thwarts Henry’s Plans
  • Part 4: The English Reformation
  • Part 5: Divorce and Marriage
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: The Fall and Beheading of Anne Boleyn
  • Part 1: Marriage and Coronation
  • Part 2: Pregnancy and Problems
  • Part 3: The Turning Tides
  • Part 4: The Role of Thomas Cromwell in the Downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn
  • Part 5: The Beheading of a Queen
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: A Lady (in) Waiting to be Queen – Jane Seymour
  • Part 1: After Anne Boleyn’s Death
  • Part 2: Who was Jane Seymour?
  • Part 3: The Rise of Jane and the Fall of Anne
  • Part 4: Birth and Death
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: Not the Fairest of Them All – Queen Anne of Cleves
  • Part 1: The Hunt for a New Wife
  • Part 2: The Six-Month Marriage of Henry and Anne of Cleves
  • Part 3: The Fall of Cromwell
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Queen Anne of Cleves was Perhaps the Smartest of Them All
  • Part 1: The Path to Annulment
  • Part 2: The First Months of Queen Anne and the Annulment
  • Part 3: Anne’s Post-Marriage Relationship with Henry
  • Part 4: Death and Burial
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Catherine Howard, the Thorn in Henry’s Side
  • Part 1: A Chaotic Childhood and Early Life
  • Part 2: Catherine Howard Enters the Royal Household
  • Part 3: Henry VIII Marries His Fifth Queen
  • Part 4: The Queen Renews Relations with Thomas Culpeper
  • Part 5: The Arrests of Dereham and Queen Catherine
  • Part 6: The Executions
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: The Wonderfully Unremarkable Katherine Parr
  • Part 1: A Widow for Queen
  • Part 2: The Early Life of Katherine Parr
  • Part 3: Katherine as Queen Regent of England
  • Part 4: The Death of Henry VIII and Life after Henry
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: The Legacy of Henry’s Wives
  • Part 1: The Sad History of Henry’s Wives
  • Part 2: Champions for Change
  • Part 3: A Legacy of Children
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Portrait painting of Queen Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), first wife of King Henry VIII

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Intriguing and insightful, the Wives of Henry VIII Diploma Course is essential if you are interested in English history and the Tudor period, in particular. You’ll delve into the individual lives of King Henry VIII’s six wives, who were more than mere reflections of a tyrant king but strong, smart, real women - each with a different side to the various stories we’ve long been told.

The course attempts to paint a picture of the tumultuous changes that were taking place in Europe and England at the time, underscoring how these women were either courageous players or innocent casualties within it all.

Accreditations

The Wives of Henry VIII Diploma Course will take you up to 50 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 50 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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