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Most Challenging Tudor Rebellion Essay

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Which rebellion presented the greatest challenge to the monarchy?
To fully answer this question we must first understand what factors make a rebellion challenging. These factors include what the rebellions achieved, how many numbers were involved, the amount of force taken to put it down, the demands made, and the security of the monarchy. We must assess which of these factors are the most challenging to the monarchy and then judge which rebellion had these factors.
All rebellions have their own aims which they are trying to achieve, such as overthrowing the monarch in Lovell’s rebellion or trying to change the succession as in Northumberland’s Coup; if a rebellion does achieve its aim ...view middle of the document...

Henry wasn’t able to invade France or advance his religious reforms as quickly as he wanted, however he wouldn’t have felt threatened as he wasn’t challenged directly. Another rebellion that semi-achieved its aim was Wyatt’s. Wyatt didn’t want Mary to marry Philip of Spain as he feared that it would mean Catholicism would start being introduced into England again. Although Wyatt surrendered after a march on London, the rebellion may not be all a failure as it prompted Philip 2nd to not stay in England for long period of times. His absence ensured that there was no Catholic heir to the throne which can be seen as a success for Wyatt. The march on London also showed a direct challenge to Mary, suggesting that this rebellion may have been the most challenging.
The more numbers involved in a rebellion can sometimes make the monarch feel more challenged as they will have to quickly find a way to end it before more people start to join the rebellion. A large number of people involved in the rebellion may also influence other countries to join which can seriously challenge the monarch as they may provide troops for the rebels. Not having a lot of support won’t challenge the monarchy, as seen by the Oxfordshire Rising which only lasted a couple of hours, so having a large amount of people involved can be important. Again the Pilgrimage of Grace shows up as Robert Aske, leader of the rebellion, had managed to get support from over 30,000 people, making it the largest Tudor rebellion. Due to its size Henry 8th could not simply send troops to put it down as there were too many rebels, consequently making it challenging for Henry to deal with; on the other hand as the rebels were not so threatening, he could let the rebels issue their demands and tactically wait until he can strike revenge on them. This shows that Henry could deal with such large rebellions without having to battle them, therefore it can be seen as not being so challenging for the monarch. Another large rebellion, such as Ketts, may be seen as more challenging. Kett had 16000 rebels behind him against Edward, which is the largest rebellion in his reign. Edward would have found dealing with this many rebels harder as he had to also deal with the Western Rebellion at the same time which had another 6000 rebels. Altogether this made it very challenging for Edward, resulting in him having to send troops to put both rebellions down. The fact that he had to do this shows that he wanted to stop the rebellions immediately before the rebellions got too large, however the large numbers did not pose much of a threat to the royal troops and were easily taken down. This may be because the large numbers of rebels are harder to keep control over, without proper leadership and organisation the royal troops were able to easily defeat them. In Simnel’s case however, it wasn’t just about having a large amount of rebels, he also got support internationally from Ireland and Germany. International support is...

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