British Empire/Tudor Origins/Timeline

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

Date Event Impact Key individuals Topics

1485

Battle of Bosworth Field
End of the War of the Roses
Foundation of Tudor dynasty
Henry VII
Richard III
Dynasty
War

1495

First drydock in Europe established in Portsmouth
Development of Tudor Navy
Henry VII
Science
War

1497

Discovery of Newfoundland
Development of English exploration of North America
John Cabot
Henry VII
Science
Colonialism

1514

Foundation of Trinity House for the Advancement of Navigation and Training in pilotage
Centralised resource for the development of navigational skills
Henry VIII
Thomas Spert
Trade
Science

1539

Publication of Great Bible as the official Bible in England
Official sanction for complete translation of the Bible into English
Thomas Cromwell
Myles Coverdale
Henry VII
Religion
Culture

1542

Laws in Wales Acts completed
Annexation of Wales to England and harmonisation of administration
Thomas Cromwell
Henry VIII
Governance

1542

Crown of Ireland Act 1542 completed
Henry VIII proclaimed King of Ireland
Thomas Cromwell
Henry VIII
Governance

1549

Introduction of the English language Book of Common Prayer
Standardisation of Anglican liturgy and Prayer Book Rebellion
Thomas Cranmer
Religion
Governance

1555

Start of Marian Persecutions of English Protestants
284 Protestants burnt alive, many more flee into exile
Thomas Cranmer
William Hunter
Religion

1565

Foundation of the Royal Exchange
Development of London as a financial centre
Thomas Gresham
Trade

1580

The Siege of Smerwick
English soldiers massacre Italian and Spanish Catholic soldiers as well as Irish men and women
Earl Grey
Walter Raleigh
Edmund Spenser
War
Religion

1588

Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Attempted Spanish invasion thwarted, English colonialism gains freer rein
Frances Drake
Elizabeth I
Philip II
Duke of Medina Sidonia
War

1597

Foundation of the Gresham College
Development of intellectual centre linked to the merchants of the City of London
Thomas Gresham
Humphrey Gilbert
Science