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The Nine-Day Queen
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lady Jane Grey’s accession was almost instantly overturned.

JUST before the young King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII, died in 1553, he unexpectedly named Lady Jane Grey as his successor, passing over his half-sisters Elizabeth and Mary.

Jane was Edward’s cousin once removed: Edward’s grandfather King Henry VII was her great-grandfather.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Suspect. Suspicious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Name. Progress. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: Execute. As. Rival.

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The Voyage of ‘Golden Hinde’
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Elizabethan adventurer Sir Francis Drake combined sailing round the world with really annoying the King of Spain.

IT was no secret in Elizabeth I’s reign that King Philip of Spain coveted her crown.

He had never understood why it passed from his late wife, Mary, to her half-sister Elizabeth and not to him, and he resented Elizabeth giving refuge to dissidents fleeing bloody persecution in the Spanish Netherlands.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Blunder. Plunder.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: War. Ship. Catch.

Use together in one sentence: See. Covet. King.

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Mary Queen of Scots
Music: George Frideric Handel
Henry VII’s great-granddaughter Mary never grasped that even royalty must win the people’s respect.

JAMES V of Scotland enraged his uncle, Henry VIII of England, by refusing to support the spread of Protestantism, and paid for it with defeat at the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542. James died shortly after, leaving his crown to his infant daughter Mary, barely a week old.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Mistake. Error. Confuse.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Battle. Refuse. Age.

Use together in one sentence: Catholic. After. Intrude.

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Merchants of Muscovy
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff
In 1553, Richard Chancellor set out on a perilous voyage to Russia in order to bypass the Hanseatic League’s single market.

ON 10th May 1553, Sir Hugh Willoughby and his pilot Richard Chancellor set out in three ships for the Arctic Ocean beyond Norway. At that time, European merchants from modern-day Holland to Poland ran a single market monopolising trade with Russia, and a competing route promised rich rewards for England’s wool industry.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Although. Also.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Trade. Compete. Reach.

Use together in one sentence: Press on. Letter. Hug.

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Sir Walter Raleigh
Music: William Byrd
Sir Walter’s dizzy life brought him fame and fortune in dangerous places, the most dangerous of which was Court.

WALTER Raleigh’s soldiering in Ireland, putting down the Desmond Rebellions, so impressed Queen Elizabeth I that in 1584 she engaged him to organise the founding of a gold-mining colony at Roanoke Island in the New World.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Captive. Captivated.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Tower. Excuse. Sail.

Use together in one sentence: Mine. Captivate. Give.

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Cvthbertvs
Music: John Garth
Henry VIII’s experts declared that saints were nothing special, but St Cuthbert had a surprise for them.

IN 1537, Henry VIII’s experts Dr Ley, Dr Henley and Dr Blythman travelled to Durham Cathedral to superintend another demolition: the shrine of St Cuthbert.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Laid. Lain.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Delay. Face. Look.

Use together in one sentence: Bury. Nearly. Slab.

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