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Rebellions 1547-1603
Edward VI
1549- The year of rebellions
- 23 counties were affected by uprisings
- shows large discontent towards the Edwardian government and was a serious situation for the
government to be in especially whilst being at War and during an economically difficult time
- However most were minor uprisings and were easily suppressed by local authorities with few
Western Rebellion a.k.a. Prayer Book Rebellion
Led by: Catholic laity and peasants in the West
Motives: - Outward attack on the Prayer Book and the Edwardian religious settlement
- `We will have...the mass in Latin, the holy bread and water, images to be set up, Sacrament hung
over the altar, the restoration of the Six Articles'
- Demanded for Pole to be returned as a member of the King's council which was more of a political
- Little social or economic demands apart from the condemning of the new sheep tax
- However Pollard suggests that the action taken by the rebels shows that social issues were at the
core of the rising even though they were not in writing for example the rebels' enemy seemed to be
the nobility who the majority in those areas were Catholic as they started to attack and rob them and
some were even killed
- Also the rebels wanted to limit the number of servants the gentry could employ
- There is also a link between their religious demands and their attack on the gentry as they wanted
to restore some monastic lands which would have hit the gentry as they were the ones who made
gained from the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry
- One conclusion could be that the rebellion was more of an opportunity for the peasants to attack
the gentry then it was for religious change
Successes: (of the rebels)
- Managed to attack and rob the nobility
- They were able to create a food shortage within the city and cut off its water supply
(of the government)
- The rising was easily suppressed by Lord Russell
Failures: (of the rebels)
- Could not manage to gain support of the leaders of their towns who had political power to
strengthen the rebellion
(of the government)
- It took some time before the government knew that the rising had spread
- The tactic to start of with a pardon was a failure as the rebels rejected it and managed to cause
damage before they were suppressed
Seriousness: - The rebels managed to cause damage before they were suppressed
- Gentry had to go into hiding as their lives were at risk
- 4000/6000 were killed which means drastic action must have meant it was a fairly serious threat
- The way in which the demands were written `We will have...' were of threatening language
- Had to use government force to suppress unlike other uprisings in that year which were defeated

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- Only managed to seize Cornwall and Devon and moved to Exeter which were far from London
- The demands themselves were not threatening only wanted religious and social change did not aim
to overthrow the monarchy
- The rebellion was effectively suppressed by the government
Kett's Rebellion
Led by: Robert Kett
Motives: Most were socioeconomic mainly to do with land and farming
- We pray that...…read more

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Mary I
1554- Wyatt's rebellion
Led by: Sir Thomas Wyatt supported by Lady Jane Grey's father
Motives:- Mainly against the Spanish marriage to Phillip II
- Some religious motives as the rebels were Protestant and were against the restoration of
- There was a decline in the cloth industry which may have prompted poorer rebels to use the revolt
as means of expressing their social and economic grievances
- Gentry who had lost office within the county joined to attack for their loss of…read more

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To marry Mary and the Duke of Norfolk and overthrow Elizabeth putting Mary on the throne
however there is no direct evidence that this was a cause
- Kesselring argues that this was unlikely to be a direct cause of the rebellion but angered Elizabeth
and increased her fear causing her to unload this fear and anger onto the earls at court which sparked
off there decision to rebel
- The rebel earls felt very deeply a sense of dishonour through being cut out of…read more

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- It was easily suppressed- rebels were executed and properties of the noble families were seized
- It was far north and did not manage to get anywhere near London
- 4,600 rebels against 7000 government forces
Essex Rebellion
Led by: Robert Devereux the Earl of Essex
Motives: - He was suspended from the Privy Council and from his offices as Earl Marshall and Mater
of the Ordnance and kept under house arrest
- Elizabeth refused to renew his patent of the sweet wine…read more



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