Somerset's fall from power

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  • Somerset's fall from power
    • Preoccupied with the war abroad, mounting problems at home
      • Government increasingly ineffective
      • 1549, England drifted into a potentially major crisis
    • Somerset couldn't take decisive action to suppress well supported uprisings in East Anglia and the West Country
      • Seen as sympathetic to the plight of poor commons BUT more likely due to the reluctance of the local elites
      • Decided by Privy Council to supply additional troops that Lord Russell- West Country and John Dudley (Earl of Warwick)- East Anglia, could defeat the rebels
    • Lack of money, meant he could not raise a mercenary army
      • Reluctant to withdraw troops from his garrisons in Scotland and France
      • Somerset couldn't take decisive action to suppress well supported uprisings in East Anglia and the West Country
        • Seen as sympathetic to the plight of poor commons BUT more likely due to the reluctance of the local elites
        • Decided by Privy Council to supply additional troops that Lord Russell- West Country and John Dudley (Earl of Warwick)- East Anglia, could defeat the rebels
    • Executed January 1552
      • Detained by John Dudley after success in Norfolk, in October 1549- no opposition
        • Released, joined the Privy Council, but accused of plotting against the government
          • Executed January 1552
            • Detained by John Dudley after success in Norfolk, in October 1549- no opposition
              • Released, joined the Privy Council, but accused of plotting against the government

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