Before we can start dealing with the Mayflower Story it’s necessary to look back before their time. What caused the Separatist Movement? Why was it outlawed? Without doing this we’ll never see what caused it to become a movement, rather than an ideology. What caused the cry for separatism in the hearts and lives of people in England that finally led to the birth of the Pilgrim Fathers? What did they cherished so much to undergo anything for; rebellion against the state, physical hardship, pain, suffering and even death? We have to return to the Tudor Period to start our search for the answers.
It all started when they Tudors reigned England. The Tudors began to reign after the War of the Roses (1455 – 1487). This was a battle between two crown heads of England; The House of Lancaster (The Red Rose) and The house of York (The White Rose). Henry V11 seized the crown of England and Ireland on 22nd August 1485 when his forces defeated those of King Richard 111 at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists and so Henry was crowned King. Upon Henry’s death his son Henry V111 ascended the throne (1509) after his father’s death he married Catherine of Aragon that year.
The Break With Rome