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When young, Edward and his brother vanished probably murdered in the Tower of London - and their uncle Richard II] seized the throne. • Richard III made enemies among the Yorkists, who sided with Lancastrian Henry Tudor. Richard II] was killed at Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485. Henry Tudor became Henry V] I and married Elizabeth of York to end the wars. • ••••••••••••••••••• .. lkcspcnrc'5 pll7y, Richard III. 39 Monasteries • • • Monasteries played a key role in medieval life in Europe, reaching a peak in the 1200s.
1478-1541). • Cortes landed in Mexico with just 500 men in 1519. The Indian girl Malintzin became his interpreter and lover. • Joining with Indians rebelling against the Aztecs, he marched to Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital (present-day Mexico City) . JzntIOI/ III/til Corles's col/qlllslndors fil/nlly crllslled II, II/ /52/. 1000 Facts on Modern History • Perhaps thinking that Cortes was the god Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec leader Moctezuma let Cortes take him prisoner and become ruler in his place.
Most great works of medieval art, literature and scholarship came from monasteries. 6. Like most English monasteries, the great 12th-century Cistercian monastery at Tllllcm III II/lib 11'115 IICSIW)'CII iJ)' ficllr)' \'111. 40 1000 Facts on Modern History • Monasteries were great landowners with immense power and wealth. In England, monasteries owned a third of the land and a quarter of the country's wealth. They were also Europe's biggest single employers. • Many monasteries oppressed the poor by taking over land and taking a heavy toll in tithes (church taxes).