Year 12 History ‘Argument’ Project October 2011 Henry VIII: Authority, Nation & Religion, 1509-40

Aims of this series of lessons:

  • To consider the process of arguing in history in more depth;
  • To develop how I plan for essays;
  • To understand the importance of talking before writing.

 Preparation stage:

Henry VIII & Cardinal Wolsey

Preparation reading due by Friday 14th October – see the reading list on the Brimsham website.
The idea is for you to think about the question below and come up with some points which you can then argue on paper.

The question is:

Do you agree with the view that in the years 1515-25 Henry VIII wholly surrendered power in government to Cardinal Wolsey? Explain your answer, using sources 4, 5 and 6 and your own knowledge. (40 marks)

Planning stage:

Post your essay plan on here (by clicking on the comment bubble) by Tuesday 18th October.

Evaluating the work of others:

By Wednesday 19th October comment on two essay plans (state who you are commenting on!). Each plan needs at least one comment. You must comment on:

a. The argument – does the plan hang together?
b. The evidence – does the use of evidence support their argument? Is there enough?

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One response to “Year 12 History ‘Argument’ Project October 2011 Henry VIII: Authority, Nation & Religion, 1509-40

  1. Paragraph 1:
    I disagree with the view that Henry VIII wholly surrendered power in government to Cardinal Wolsey.
    Paragraph 2:
    Source 4 can be used to back up this point because it says the king had surrendered the “cares of state” into the cardinal’s hands. Showing that Henry left only the boring paperwork to Wolsey not all the power. Etc
    Paragraph 3:
    One particular case where Henry showed he maintained the right to have the last say over Wolsey was… *Explain the disagreement over Wolsey’s attempt to install his own candidate as Abbess of Wilton, disregarding the kings orders*… the king forced Wolsey to apologise, and so shows henry always had the ultimate power. Etc
    Conclusion:
    These points clearly show how the king always kept the right to have the last say, and so maintained his power throughout the period between 1515-25. Although Wolsey was left with the everyday business of state, the question specifically says “wholly surrendered power” and so these two points alone immediately disprove the question. Etc

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