- Greatest social uprising of Henry VIII reign however the rebellion failed.
- Many contributing factors - some more important than others.
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- Ultimately he handled the situation skillfully despite his initial complacency - Henry VIII duped Robert Aske and other rebel leaders.
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- The leaders were desperate for a negotiated settlement as the rebellion wasn't directed at the monarch, it was directed at his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell - caused by deference and in some cases through fear.
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Failure to gain support
- Despite holding the military initiative (eg. holding Pontefract castle) the rebels failed to move further south towards London - due to deference and military inexperience.
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Lack of Foreign Support
- It was too slow.
- Following Anne Boleyn's execution, the relationship between Henry VIII and Charles V improved.
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- Led to the ill-judged Cumberland Rising - gave Henry VIII a reason not to honour their agreement and gave Henry VIII justification for exacting retribution against the rebel leaders.
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- Failed due to rebel leaders' mistakes, the rebels' deference and Henry VIII's ability to handle the situaiton skillfully.
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