Lambert Simnel Rebellion

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Lambert Simnel Rebellion


  • Foreign support from the Duchess of Burgundy; 2000 mercenaries and financial.
  • Crowned the King Edward in Dublin.
  • Support from the Anglo-Irish nobles.
  • Lambert Simnel was being trained as Edward, Earl of Warwick.
  • John de la Pole, leading member of Henry's counsel, leader of the rebellion.
  • Many people under suspicion managed to escape; eg. Sir Edward Brampton (godson of Edward IV).
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - Links in Calais, Scotland and Wales.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - rebels landed in remote place (areaof Yorkist support).
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - noble families support as they are anti-Tudor.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - York proclaims for Edward IV.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - victory at Tadcaster.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - Henry didn't really know what to expect.


  • Decided at Royal Counsel that the real Earl of Warwick, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London, was to be paraded around London.
  • Also decided by the Counsel that Elizabeth Woodville would be deprived of her estates and confined to  nunnery, to prevent her from conspiring against the King.
  • Henry also set up beacons on the East Coast.
  • Henry was shrewd - he took action to undermine any Ricardian/Yorkist support by promising favours to magnates eg. Earl of Northumberland.
  • Henry had a very efficient and intelligent spy network - he received regular updates on any potential threats.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - Henry decided his military strategy beforehand; eg. Earl of Oxford to lead the Vanguard.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - insists on martial law to prevent an increase in rebellion numbers.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - Henry had 15,000 experienced men.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - Lincoln bypassed York in a rush, losing potential support.
  • BATTLE OF STOKE - rebellion used crossbows; time-consuming in battle.


Overall, after analysing the evidence we can see that the rebellion of Lambert Simnel had significantly more weaknesses than strengths. Henry had numerous advantages in this situation, originating both from the disadvantages of his opponents and his personal strengths.


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