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Edward IV of England & Lancastrian Fugitives at Tewkesbury Abbey. Source: Public Domain

Top Five Worst Rebellions Under the Tudor Regime (Video)


The Tudor era, spanning 118 years, emerged from the aftermath of the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII's victory at Bosworth in 1485 secured his tenuous claim to the throne, symbolized by the Tudor Rose, an emblem of peace. Yet, the period was marred by unrest.

One notable rebellion was Kett's Rebellion in 1549, led by farmer Robert Kett. Fueled by anger over land enclosure, the rebels, primarily commoners, marched to Norwich, establishing their own government. The Crown's response led to a fierce battle, resulting in the rebellion's defeat.

The Northern Revolt of 1569, rooted in religious discontent under Queen Elizabeth I, saw Catholic earls attempting to depose her. Swift government action quashed the rebellion, ending the power of the northern earls.

The Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, a blend of political and religious unrest, protested the dissolution of monasteries. Negotiation tactics by the Duke of Norfolk fragmented the rebels, leading to their defeat.

Wyatt's Rebellion in 1554 aimed to prevent Queen Mary I's marriage to Philip II of Spain. Despite initial success, internal dissent and Mary's strategic response led to the rebellion's failure.

Lastly, Tyrone's Rebellion (1595-1603) in Ireland, a reaction to Tudor rule, gained momentum as English forces dwindled. The conflict escalated, culminating in a peace agreement and English dominance.

Top image: Edward IV of England & Lancastrian Fugitives at Tewkesbury Abbey. Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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