Against: Evaluation of the threat of the Lincolnshire Rising

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  • The Lincolnshire Rising didn't pose a serious threat to Henry VIII's government
    • Rebellion started among ordinary citizens of Louth.
      • Lack of experience + skill.
        • The leader was a shoemaker-  Nicholas Melton (Captain Cobbler).
        • Vicar of church at Louth + at least 1 monk Parish from dissolved abbey at Louth joined rebellion.
    • In touch with Yorkshire men.
      • Lack of organisation + co-operation.
        • The Yorkshire commons weren’t ready to rise when the Lincolnshire Rising broke out.
        • The Lincolnshire rebels ignored the letter from the Yorkshire men telling them to delay their rebellion.
    • Local Lincolnshire gentry involvement.
      • Some members of local Lincolnshire gentry also joined but only once rebellion had begun. 
        • Some may have been threatened into joining.
          • Shows lack of willingness + involvement.
      • Some claimed they joined to keep order + stop it becoming more violent as it took several days for outside help to arrive. 
        • Taking leadership + containing it may have helped avoid charges of treason.
      • Leadership of the gentry also turned out to be half-hearted
        • When threatened with punsihment, they backed down.
          • The lack of cont. support from gentry meant that when Suffolk herald arrived on 11th October, he was able to persuade rebels to go home. 
      • The gentry were reluctant to risk their lives + property by risking treason.
        • This lost them support of more hard-line + lower-ranking rebels, who had less to lose.
    • The Duke of Suffolk (Henry's brother-in-law) led the army well.
      • Put down rebellion swiftly.
        • Was able to deal with rising without risking a battle.
    • Treason.
      • The rebels were loyal to Henry.
        • They didn’t seek to challenge his right to rule.
      • The local nobility didn't join the rising.
      • Henry's threat of punishment unless they disbanded was enough to disperse the rebellion.


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