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The Extent To Which Tudor Rebellions Have Similar Causes

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The Extent to Which Tudor Rebellions Have Similar Causes

Tudor rebellions were caused by one or more of the following factors:
dynastic, political, religious, and social and economic. There was an
element of both similarity and continuity in the period as most of the
rebellions were politically motivated starting with Warbeck’s
rebellion in 1491 until the end of the period with Essex’s rebellion
in 1601. This displays clear political motives across the period.
During the reign of Henry VII, many of the rebellions were
dynastically motivated with a series of challenges from pretenders to
the throne, Simnel and Warbeck and rebellions due to heavy taxation;
Yorkshire and Cornish anti tax riots. However, by the reign of
Elizabeth, religion became a factor for rebellions particularly at the
turning point of 1532; the Reformation. Post reformation, Elizabeth
faced a different type of challenge from nobility who were angered by
the Tudor centralisation of government. Although the other factors are
present, political, remains a consistent, underlying factor throughout
the period.

During Henry VII’s reign, there were two strong dynastically motivated
challenges to the crown. Simnel and Warbeck in both 1486 and 1491 were
both direct challenges to the throne. However, after the imprisonment
of Edmund de La Pole in 1506 the Tudor rebellions changed from being
direct challenges to the throne to indirect challenges against ‘evil
misters’ for example the Amicable Grant in 1525. Henry VIII’s reign
was a turning point in the Tudor period as it signified an end to
Yorkist pretenders to the throne and it was at this point that the
idea of regicide became abhorrent and people began to accept the
monarchy and wanted only stability. Henry VIII was more popular than
his father and had appeased the nobility thus meaning that in his
reign there were no direct challenges to his throne. Nevertheless,
dynasty was still a cause of Tudor rebellions but was replaced by
succession especially as Henry VIII did not have an heir and he
himself did not have a legitimate claim to the throne. This occurred
with the political coup of Lady Jane Grey in 1553 and Wyatt’s
rebellion in 1554 because of Henry VIII’s reinstatement of both Mary
and Elizabeth who had both been previously removed from succession.
The treason acts help to reduce rebellion as it became easier to
convict people of treason but by the end of the period the Tudor
dynasty itself was far more secure meaning that Wyatt never made
public his desire to overthrow Mary as the Tudor regime was now

Politically motivated rebellions always involved faction. Simnel and
Warbeck’s rebellion were both politically motivated due to Yorkist and
Lancastrian faction. Faction was of low importance in Henry VII’s
reign as Henry Tudor limited it by control...

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