To what extent was Cade's rebellion the key cause of civil strife

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  • To what extent was Cade's rebellion important in the outbreak of civil strife
    • Cades rebellion
      • Significant cause
      • 1450- Cade revolted in Kent
        • Suffolks death; high taxes; disastrous army in France
      • 46,000 men met half of Henry's army in Sevenoaks
      • July- Army was undisciplined
      • Cade had to abandon
        • Murdered 12th July
      • Not a huge success
        • Highlighted problems
          • Hentry's Weaknesses
          • strong public were united
          • weak king
      • Not as significant as 1399 events
        • no full blown civil war
      • Said to have contributed to civil strife
    • Neville and Percy family
      • 2 most powerful families in England at the time
      • Both in conflict
      • Constantly at battle
        • If one supported a house, the other would support the other
      • 1st BOSA
        • Somerset and Percies supported Henry IV
        • Lancastrians ment Nevilles who supported Yorkists
      • The more that was at steak, the higher the encouragement is to fight
        • Higher risk of civil strife
      • NOT as significant as 1399
        • Percies and Nevilles may not have as much impact without this
    • Henry's minority
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      • Young- 8 when crowned in 1429
      • This created perilous factions
        • increased chance of civil strife and political war
      • continuously governed by various lords
        • always led in his decision
    • Henry's mental health
      • 1453 by means of a 'sudden fright'
        • Trance like state reacting to and recognising no one
      • son added rumours to Somerset's child
      • Richard became protector
        • Him and Warwick gained support and demonstrated strengths and commitment
    • Margaret of Anjou
      • Yorkists biggest enemy
      • Established rival court in the Midlands and made families hostile to York
      • Raising support- well established
        • Significant that she led and won the second BOSA 17th February 1461
      • Motivated army well
        • woman and some historians argue she genuinely had interest for London
      • Successful in battle and inspiring people encouraging the support of lancastrians
      • Significant cause as irritated people and encouraged civil strife
    • CONCLUSION
      • many causes contributing to civil strife
      • 1455 & 1461, POD and events went on to cause most significant short terms causes
        • had others not happened, less likely to have occurred
      • POD caused more friction and tension that might not otherwise have led to civil strife in 1461
      • As Henry was 1st Lancastrian king this reason is fundamentally key cause of civil strife
        • without this and 1399, other events are less likely to have occurred
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