Tudor Rebellions

summaries of all the major rebllions in the Tudor Dynasty, including elizabeth 1, mary 1, edward 6, henry 8 and henry 7. ENJOY :)

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When Name of Rebellion What Happened
1486 Stafford and lovell The Stafford and Lovell rebellion was the first armed uprising against Henry VII after he won
Rebellion the crown at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The uprising was led by Viscount Lovell and the
Stafford brothers, Humphrey and Thomas, and occurred during Eastertime 1486.
The conspirators against the King believed that there would be more opportunity for
personal gain if they managed to restore the Yorkist monarchy. However, the uprising was a
disaster. On 22 April 1486 Lord Lovell decided not to risk open rebellion and escaped to
Burgundy; whilst the Stafford brothers had risen in rebellion in Worcester despite the fact
that King Henry had mass support in that area.
During this time Henry was in York on a nationwide tour of the country. As soon as he
advanced towards Worcester, in order to eliminate Yorkist support, the Stafford brothers
fled into sanctuary.[1][2]
The King took immediate action, ordering the removal of the brothers from sanctuary. Henry
then ordered the execution of Humphrey Stafford of Grafton but pardoned the younger
Thomas Stafford.
The arrest prompted a series of protests to Pope Innocent VIII over the breaking of
sanctuary; these resulted in a Papal bull in August which severely limited the rights of
sanctuary, excluding it completely in cases of treason, thereby vindicating the King's actions.
1486-7 Simnel rebellion Simnel was born around 1477. His real name is not known - contemporary records call him
John, not Lambert, and even his surname is suspect. Different sources have different claims
of his parentage, from a baker and tradesman to organ builder. Most definitely, he was of
humble origin. At the age of about ten, he was taken as a pupil by an Oxford-trained priest
named Richard Simon (or Richard Symonds / Richard Simons / William Symonds) who
apparently decided to become a kingmaker. He tutored the boy in courtly manners and
contemporaries described the boy as handsome. He was taught the necessary etiquettes
and was educated well by Simon. One contemporary described him as "a boy so learned,
that, had he ruled, he would have as a learned man."
Simon noticed a striking resemblance between Lambert and the supposedly murdered sons
of Edward IV, so he initially intended to present Simnel as Richard, Duke of York, son of King
Edward IV, the younger of the vanished Princes in the Tower. However, when he heard
rumours that the Earl of Warwick had died during his imprisonment in the Tower of London,
he changed his mind. The real Warwick was a boy of about the same age and had a claim to
the throne as the son of the Duke of Clarence, King Edward IV's brother.
Simon spread a rumour that Warwick had actually escaped from the Tower and was under
his guardianship. He gained some support from Yorkists. He took Simnel to Ireland where
there was still support for the Yorkist cause, and presented him to the head of the Irish
government, the Earl of Kildare. Kildare was willing to support the story and invade England
to overthrow King Henry. On 24 May 1487, Simnel was crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in
Dublin as "King Edward VI". He was about ten years old. Lord Kildare collected an army of
Irish soldiers under the command of Thomas Geraldine.
The Earl of Lincoln, formerly the designated successor of the late King Richard III, joined the
conspiracy against Henry VII. He fled to Burgundy, where Warwick's aunt Margaret of York,
the Dowager Duchess of Burgundy, kept her court. Lincoln claimed that he had taken part in
young Warwick's supposed escape. He also met Viscount Lovell, who had supported a failed
Yorkist uprising in 1486. Margaret collected 2,000 Flemish mercenaries and shipped them to
Ireland under the command of Martin Schwartz, a noted military leader of the time. They
arrived in Ireland on 5 May. King Henry was informed of this and began to gather troops.
Simnel's army -- mainly Flemish and Irish troops -- landed on Piel Island in the Furness area
of Lancashire on 5 June 1487 and were joined by some English supporters. However, most
local nobles, with the exception of Sir Thomas Broughton, did not join them. They clashed
with the King's army on 16 June at the Battle of Stoke Field and were defeated. Kildare was

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Lincoln and Sir Thomas Broughton were killed. Lovell went missing; there were
rumours that he had escaped and hidden to avoid retribution. Simons avoided execution
due to his priestly status, but was imprisoned for life.
King Henry pardoned young Simnel (probably because he had mostly been a puppet in the
hands of adults) and gave him a job in the royal kitchen as a spit-turner. When he grew older,
he became a falconer. He died around 1525.…read more

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Thomas Flamank was quoted as saying "Speak the truth and
only then can you be free of your chains".
Audley, as a peer of the realm, was beheaded on the 28th June at Tower Hill. Their heads
were then displayed on pike-staffs ("gibbeted") on London Bridge.
1497 Warbeck Rebellion Perkin Warbeck (circa 1474 ­ 23 November 1499) was a pretender to the English throne
during the reign of King Henry VII of England.…read more

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In June 1534 Thomas heard rumours that his father had been executed in the
Tower of London and that the English government intended the same fate for himself and
his uncles. He summoned the Council to St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin, and on 11 June,
accompanied by 140 horsemen with silk fringes on their helmets (from which he got his
nickname), rode to the abbey and publicly renounced his allegiance to King Henry VIII, Lord
of Ireland.…read more

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The moves towards official Protestantism achieved by Cromwell were not reversed
except during the five-year reign of Mary I of England (1553­1558).
1549 Prayer book The Prayer Book Rebellion, Prayer Book Revolt, Prayer Book Rising, Western Rising or
rebellion Western Rebellion was a popular revolt in Cornwall and Devon, in 1549. In 1549 the Book of
Common Prayer, presenting the theology of the English Reformation, was introduced.…read more

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Kett's rebellion Kett's Rebellion was a revolt in Norfolk, England during the reign of Edward VI, largely in
response to the enclosure of land. It began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549 with a group of
rebels destroying fences that had been put up by wealthy landowners. One of their targets
was yeoman farmer Robert Kett who, instead of resisting the rebels, agreed to their
demands and offered to lead them.…read more

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Wyatt's rebellion Wyatt's Rebellion was a popular uprising in England in 1554, named after Thomas Wyatt,
one of its leaders. The rebellion arose out of concern over Queen Mary I's determination
to marry Philip II of Spain, which was an unpopular policy with the English. Queen Mary's
overthrow was implied in the rebellion, although not expressly stated as a goal. Motives
The precise reason for the uprisings has been subject to much debate. Many historians,
such as D.M.…read more

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England. Abergavenny and
Southwell were deserted by their men, who either disbanded or went over to Wyatt. He now
had 3,000 men at his command. A detachment of the London trainbands was sent against
him under the command of the elderly Duke of Norfolk. But they also joined the rebels,
raising their numbers to 4,000, while the Duke fled to London.
Elizabeth, meanwhile, had been summoned to Court and was held incommunicado, in
mortal fear for her life.…read more

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Carrickfergus, travelled to Cushendun to take Shane's head and send it to Dublin Castle as
proof of his death.
In his private character Shane O'Neill was perceived by the English as a brutal, uneducated
savage. However, Irish history is often written by English historians. Shane was tough, but a
brilliant politician and fighter at times. Calvagh himself, when Shane's prisoner, claimed he
was subjected to continual torture. Calvagh's wife became his mistress. He married her in
1563 and had several children by her.…read more

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Pope Pius V had tried to aid the rebellion by excommunicating Elizabeth and declaring her
deposed in the bull Regnans in Excelsis, but the document did not arrive until the rebellion
had been suppressed. The bull gave Elizabeth more reason to view Catholics with suspicion.
It inspired conspiracies to assassinate her, starting with the Ridolfi plot. In 1587, Elizabeth
brought Mary, Queen of Scots to trial for treason; she was convicted by the court and
executed.…read more


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