Did Henry VIII win any wars? | Tudor History | Schools and Teachers


(women cheering) – Oh, it’s so nice to
have a chilled Saturday, watching the game and not thinking about that big stressful report I’ve got to do on Henry VIII. Come on, England. – Come on, England.
– Come on. Score goals and do not let
the other team score goals. – [Both] That’s how football works. – Once more unto the breach,
dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up
with our English dead. In peace, nothing so becomes
a man as modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of
war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the LIONESSES! – Shelley, you’ve just given me an idea. Maybe I can understand Henry the Eighth by looking at the wars he fought. Let’s investigate! – She’s just left us in her flat. – Who’s Henry VIII? – Really? – War, huh? What is it good for? Absolutely everything
if you’re Henry VIII. This is Tracey Tooley, taking you on tour through the
terrifying tumult of wartime. Roll the graphics, Gary the cameraman. – [Cameraman] Uh, I’m Dave. – Teamwork makes the dream work. If Henry were the type to
decorate his bedroom walls with posters of his heroes, he wouldn’t have put up
Blackpink and Raheem Sterling. The people Henry really wanted to be like were famous warrior kings of the past, like Richard the Lionheart and Henry V. He placed a lot of importance
on the battles he won or lost against his European rivals. And he was always
punching above his weight. This is France, ruled by Francis I. And this is the Habsburg
Empire ruled by Charles V. Compare that to tiny England and Wales. But Henry put his small country on the map with victories such as the
Battle of the Spurs in 1513 and repelling a French invasion
in the Battle of the Solent in 1545. Henry VIII and Francis I were mega rivals in war. And now they meet, face to face, in a Tracey Tooley exclusive, in the most terrifying battlefield of all, Hampton Court Palace’s
Magic Garden Playground. We’ve excluded all children for fear they can’t handle the brutality
you’re about to witness. Am I right Francis? – Sure, but Henry is not here. He is a coward. Plus ça change. – Yeah, Henry’s people have
not been returning my calls even though they know I’ve
got a big report deadline. – That sounds super stressful for you. – I’m totally not stressed about it. But standing in for Henry is
one of his favorite soldiers and right-hand men, Charles
Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. – Prithee, smell I the
cheese breath and garlic feet of Frenchy French McKing,
Francis the First?! – You dare to disrespect me? Ha! I have the big roast
beef with you, Englishman! – I shall roast thee with
the sickest of beats. – Sick beats, liquid rhymes. It’s true, Francis. Henry did worry about your calves. He wrote a letter to Thomas More asking specifically about them. But real talk, your
legs are kinda spindly. – How dare you. – That’s the grudge match. Who do you think won it? We know Henry used immense resources fighting wars for glory and territory and was often locked in
rivalries with fellow kings like Francis I. He heavily militarised England and paid for it all with higher taxes and money from the dissolution
of the monasteries. What do you make of this? Do you think Henry’s
wars and army-building were good or bad for the country and for Europe as a whole? I’m Tracey Tooley. Thanks for watching and see you again. Look at me rhyme like the military men. I never knew it was as simple as that. Oh goodness, I left both
my friends in my flat. Gotta go, Gary. – [Cameraman] Yeah, you know it’s Dave. – [Both] Shut up, Gary. – [Child] Can we go on the slide now? – [Both] Shut up, little child. – Afore any youngling enter this place, I shall have another go ‘pon the slide. – Not if I get there first! (laughter)

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