To What Extent Was the Tudor Dynasty Secure in the Period 1530-1535?

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By the year 1530 the Tudor family had been established as the ruling monarchy within England. Henry VIII had succeeded his father and had been on the throne for 39 years by the time that the year 1530 At the time period in question the security of the Tudor dynasty can be scrutinised by looking at one of the foremost issues that faced a reigning monarch and that was to secure the succession of their bloodline as the head of state. In the case of Henry VIII by 1530-35 an issue had to be raised over the line of succession because he had no male heir. One way in which Henry VIII attempted to secure the Tudor dynasty was to marry Anne Boleyn, his previous wife Catherine of Aragon was past child bearing age and had only provided Henry with a daughter, Mary. This created a problem for Henry because during that time having a female line of succession as seen as being weak and having a Queen as head of the state was seen as a recipe for disaster based upon previous events that had happened within England (civil war under Queen Matilda).By marrying Anne Boleyn in 1533 Henry gave himself a chance of gaining a son that he needed in order to secure his dynasty and fulfil one of the roles he was given in being a king which was to enable the success of his lineage once his reign had come to an end. By not having a male heir to the throne it may have made the position of England in terms of what the future held a bleak one, an England without an male heir may make it an easy target in the future for its enemies such as Catholic France, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire because they could portray the issue as one of having a chance to invade successfully amidst a succession crisis. With Henry’s divorce from Catherine Aragon paving the way so that he could marry Anne Boleyn he had to change the shape of religion within England forever, he cut ties with the Catholics church and
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