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Poor harvests in 1551 and especially 1555-56
War leads to high spending under Somerset and under Mary.
High inflation and high unemployment.
3 major rebellions and other riots.
Divisions in factions in court ­ lack of effective leadership eg. there was a
child and then a woman.
Attempt to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne.
Lack of clergy.
In 1557-58 there was a major flu epidemic.
Loss of Boulogne and Calais.…read more

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Henry VIII's will was upheld.
All rebellions were crushed.
The system of Government did not break down ­ no revolution.
Ideas about social crisis pertained to the whole of the Tudor period.
The cloth market was revived after the Antwerp economic crash.
No constant economic crisis spanning the whole period.
The second part of Mary's reign was fairly peaceful.
Many factors were out of the monarchs' control.
Historians have fabricated the idea of a mid-tudor crisis.
Bigger crises in other Tudor periods eg. 1527.
The period had been ignored for a long time, its only been in the past decade that
historians had started researching.…read more

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W.R.D.Jones published `The Mid-Tudor Crisis'.
Jennifer Loach and Robert Tittler published `The Mid-Tudor Polity' and
shared the view that the `little' Tudors' reigns were significant.
Robert Tittler and David Hoades love Mary and think she's worthy of
Dale Hoak rehabilitated the reputation of Northumberland.…read more



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