How Religious Discontent Was The Reason For The Tudor Rebellions

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“I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls” – the famous words Elizabeth I told her subjects when she came to the throne in 1558. She was referring to the religious reforms and that she had no desire to interpret either Protestantism or Catholicism so closely to cause tensions or rebellions, like so many that had occurred during the reigns of her predecessors. Despite this, some would disagree and say it was the tough social, political or economic climate at the time that led to these inevitable revolts by the common people and subjects. This essay will look at how far religious discontent was the reason for the Tudor rebellions.
In 1536, England was in the midst of religious reforms, converting from Catholicism to Protestantism. It was also the year of the Pilgrimage of Grace, one of the largest rebellions of the Tudor Era. It was led by Robert Aske, and was a rebellion by the Roman Catholics about the Protestant changes Henry VIII was making in the country, most notably dissolving the monasteries. The followers swelled to around 30-40,000, before Henry managed to try and negotiate with Aske, and promised him some of their demands would be noted. These promises were not kept however, and so Aske and other leaders were later executed. Religion was the main cause of the Pilgrimage of Grace, which was noted in a letter sent by Henry VIII to the Earl of Derby “You are to take the said abbot and monks forth with violence and have them hanged without delay in their…

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