The Tudor rebellions- you can see them now, in your head, movie-like; raised shouts, being caught up in the insurgency, so that you can taste the defiance, anger and hunger for change that is heavy in the air. Whether you like it or not, you are pushed deeper into the loud chanting, gaining momentum, but going where? It is difficult to gauge whether or not any of the rebels participating in the Tudor rebellions ever pondered where they would end up- in the Tower of London? On a platform, preparing to be hanged? Set free to return home? Or perhaps not make it the whole journey, perhaps be trampled by the stampede, never to see where it might have taken them.
Whatever the answer, many staked their lives in choosing to disobey the law and order set up by the Crown- but why? Today, we hope to look at the causes for the six major Tudor rebellions from 1536-69- the Pilgrimage of Grace, Western, Kett, Northern and Wyatt rebellions and the Succession Crisis.
This was the part of my A-level revision that took the longest. Maybe it is a teenager thing to say, maybe that is a stereotypical judgement, but I am still going to say it, despite how unrealistic it sounds: it must have taken forever to write up all my notes on all of the rebellions (it certainly felt like forever). When I saw how much I had to revise, my eyes seemed to pop out from my head. I was saved by the fact that I had a wonderful teacher, who taught us that it would be easier to revise the notes if we separated the rebellions, dividing the different causes on separate grid-sheets, making the workload seem less.
The only downside to this was that I think I must have taken more time making those grid-sheets than copying out my notes (I got a little too excited about the fact that I could get arty in History). I am going to save you the hassle of both: below, you will find a digital copy of those grid-sheets of the causes of the rebellions. A note beforehand: the assessment I made as to how serious each was is based on my own judgement, e.g. The Northern rebellion, I felt, was low because it did not spread far and its numbers were not many (numbering around 6000 armed men), whereas the Succession Crisis was high because it actually succeeded. However, you should decide yourself how far each was a threat, because as with many things in life, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer (just remember to back up your answer!).
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