This resource contains ten items that could be used in conjunction with a unit on royal marriages. These materials could be used in a world history course or AP European history course. The materials could be used with both adult or high school aged students. With your purchase you receive the following materials:
Dynasties of the British Isles
This reading explores the many ruling houses of the British Isles, from the Plantagenets through the modern day house of Windsor. Explores the War of the Roses and the rise of the house of Hanover. Includes a timeline showing each changing dynasty.
This handout identifies the major houses of Europe and could be used as a homework item or notetaker that segues into a class discussion. This handout also lists the hierarchy of nobles, the hierarchy of clergy, and the breakdown of the major Christian denominations.
Habsburg Family Tree
This family tree shows how marriages were used as a political tool by the Habsburgs to acquire new lands to rule. It also shows how the Habsburg family used inbreeding as a means of insurance to keep lands from passing outside of the family's control.
This map shows the major territories controlled by the house of Habsburg and complements the family tree. The map shows the domains of the Spanish Habsburgs (Charles V line) and the Austrian Habsburgs (Ferdinand I line).
Henry VIII Notetaker
This short assignment can be used in conjunction with a class discussion of Henry VIII and covers the major developments of his reign including his six marriages.
History of the Habsburgs
This original material examines the history of the house of Habsburg, and explores its rulers from Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, through the modern head of the house, Karl von Habsburg.
Six Wives of Henry VIII
This handout lists the six wives of English king Henry VIII, the offspring and fates of each (Catherine of Aragon -> Mary Tudor, Anne Boleyn -> Elizabeth Tudor, miscarriages and stillbirths).
Understanding Royal Marriages Notetaker
This handout can be used in conjunction with a lecture on the Habsburgs' marriage policy. It includes all the major terms connected to marriage politics, including the terms succession, agnatic preference, primogeniture, abdication, and inheritance. It includes hypothetical examples of how succession would unfold given different scenarios.
Marry your cousin?! Why royal families inbred
This video complements the materials on the Habsburgs and explains the history behind each figure on the family tree. It explores the major inheritances and explains why the Habsburgs inbred as a means of holding onto their family's lands. It explains the ultimate decline suffered by the family due to its policy of inbreeding.
With access to my shared drive you will be able to download any of the above materials at your convenience.