Though certainly a contributing factor to most of the Tudor rebellions, political grievances were not the most significant factor in explaining the outbreak of Tudor rebellion. In the case of Wyatt’s rebellion in 1554, political grievances may well have been the most important factor due to the prospects of Mary’s marriage to Philip, England’s fear … Continue reading To what extent were political factors responsible for Tudor rebellions in the period 1529-1569?
Introduction ‘Our Scottish witch is a far more frightful being than her coadjutor on the south side of the Tweed’. It is possible that the nature of the act of witch hunting, stems not from the reactive nature of human behaviour, but instead is a reflection of the witch herself. If witch hunting is to … Continue reading Using the North Berwick witch trials of the 1590s as a case study, do you agree with the proposition that witch hunting was rarely an uncontrollable or hysterical phenomenon?
The Pilgrimage of Grace was a rebellion, and any rebellion would have been regarded as a threat to the governing body. However, the Pilgrimage of Grace threatened the monarchy for several political, social and economic reasons (though mostly political). The rebellion lasted for some months and had managed to sweep aside the forced that the … Continue reading Why was the monarchy threatened by the Pilgrimage of Grace?
The monasteries were dissolved in 1536, during the reign of Henry VIII, solely for financial reasons, however, it could be argued that there are many religious and personal reasons behind why it happened. Many historians argue that is it wasn't for Henry's financial problems circa 1536 he would never have considered it. Henry was facing … Continue reading Why the monasteries were dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII
Discussions of the Enlightenment have been in place since as early as the eighteenth century. ‘Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity’, Immanuel Kant stated in his 1784 essay, ‘An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?’ In this, Kant cleverly defines the Enlightenment as an event or a process which brings humanity out … Continue reading How has the historiography of the Enlightenment changed since the 1960s?
The Latin adage ‘cuius regio, eius religio’, which translates as ‘whose realm, his religion’, suggests that it was the religion of the ruler that determined the faith of the inhabitants of a kingdom. However, it is commonly known that periods in English history, such as the sixteenth century, offered turbulent times in politics and religion, … Continue reading In what ways was the credo “cuius regio, eius religio” (‘whose realm, his religion’) challenged in the sixteenth century?
Alan Atkinson, in the journey to understand whether or not a ‘good historian’ should allow compassion to stain their work concluded that to not experience and project emotion is inhuman. Similarly, Charles Beard’s 1935 article condemned the possibility of writing an entirely objective history, asserting that this was simply an unachievable yet ‘noble dream’. Despite … Continue reading In what ways do historians’ own personal experiences shape their interpretations of the past?
It is not true that the British public become supportive of extreme political and social movements as a result of the cultural impact of the experience of the Second World War. Whilst it is evident that the experience of the Second World War radicalised the British public to a certain extent, it would certainly be … Continue reading Did the experience of the Second World War radicalise the British public?
It is certain that the period 1851 – 1914 was an important time in the transition of leisure and cultural practices in Britain. These changes were led by a combination of the upper classes placing an emphasis on leisure time being used to create a sense of morality and rightness and a revolution in leisure … Continue reading The period 1851 – 1914 was an important time in the transition of leisure and cultural practices in Britain.
The Wyatt rebellion failed for a combination of reasons including the actions of Mary (remaining calm and level-headed), the failings of Wyatt's army and other factors. The most significant reason as to why Wyatt's rebellion failed was the actions of the Queen. During the rebellion, Mary kept her cool and refused to leave London or … Continue reading The failure of the Wyatt rebellion