The book I read to research this post was The Tudors for Dummies by David Loades et al which is an excellent book which I got from kindle. The tudors were one of the great royal periods in british history. The british empire was a hundred years after this period but it was towards the end of this period that british exploration really began. The two most memorable characters of this period are probably Henry 8th & Elizabeth 1st. Henrys first wife was the mistress of his father so his annulment is probably understandable although Henry had extramarital affairs. When the pope refused to grant Henry a divorce Henry thought he was using double standards because the pope had bought his position. It’s worth mentioning that many of the public in britain thought the church had too much power. Henry used to give his advisors a free run & then without warning suddenly clamp down on them and he executed some of them. He had mood swings especially towards the end of his life. In tudor times britain was a relatively minor player in europe the most powerful organisation was the church.