A Level History students recently took part in a fascinating lecture by Professor Peter Marshall from the University of Warwick, exploring the complicated religious beliefs of Henry VIII.

In A Level History, students explore the impact the Reformation had in Tudor England, and Professor Marshall’s university level lecture explored specifically the impact it had on Henry VIII’s beliefs. Henry VIII infamously instigated the English Reformation to legally marry Anne Boleyn with his actions in pursuing her having far reaching consequences. In this compelling lecture, Professor Marshall explored the evidence of whether Henry VIII was truly Protestant or Catholic, giving wider context to a topic which links directly with the knowledge students will be assessed on in their final exams.

Hayley Bellis, Teacher of History, comments “It was wonderful to welcome Professor Marshall – an expert Reformation Historian – to HNC to deliver such an engaging lecture. Understanding the wider context behind the knowledge developed in the classroom genuinely stretches and challenges our students understanding, which in turn supports them to achieve their very best. In this lecture we discovered that Henry VIII was neither a true Catholic nor a true Protestant – a valuable lesson in understanding that sometimes there is no definitive answer to the History we study!”

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