The Six Wives of Henry VIII Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Alison Weir (historian)
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In a well-planned essay, compare and contrast two of the wives of King Henry VIII in terms of background, suitability for queenship, relationship with the King, personality, effect on the Kingdom, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the Reformation affected the reign of Henry VIII and his marriages. For instance, how did the movement for Church Reform become helpful to the King, both to encourage his marriages and hasten his divorces? Did the movement cause conflict in any of his marriages? Did it cause trouble for any of his wives?

Essay Topic 3

Religious conflict is one of the major themes that runs throughout this text. Please discuss the effects this conflict had on the wives of Henry VIII, including their public reception and the ways in which they were used, before and after their marriages, by those around the King to promote one side of the conflict...

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