Synopses & Reviews
Successive versions of Tudor Rebellions have been central to understanding Tudor politics since 1968, when Anthony Fletcher first published his book. Now nearly four decades later, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch has once more thoroughly revised and expanded this classic text to take into account exciting and innovative work on the subject in recent years.
Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book:
- gives a thorough account of the successive rebellions from the reign of King Henry VII through to the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603
- seeks to understand why Tudor people rebelled and what sort of people were inclined to do so
- draws attention to ‘high' and ‘low' politics and takes seriously the political concerns of the humble and unprivileged alongside the nobility and gentry
- provides a new account of the multiple disturbances of 1549: which now emerge as far more widespread and varied than was previously apparent
Also including a selection of primary source documents, Chronology and Who's Who of key figures, Tudor Rebellions provides an invaluable chronological account and analysis of the rebellions which affected the Kingdom of England between 1485 and 1603.
Anthony Fletcher was formerly a Professor of History at the University of Essex. Diarmaid MacCulloch is a Fellow of St. Cross College and Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University.
The Tudor age was a tumultuous one - a time of the Reformation, conspiracies, uprisings and rebellions. The Tudor Rebellions gives a chronological run-down of the major rebellions and throws light on some of the main themes of Tudor history, including the dynasty's attempt to bring the north and west under the control of the capital, the progress of the English Reformation and the impact of inflation, taxation and enclosure on society.
Diarmaid MacCulloch (winner of the Whitbread Biography Prize) has collaborated with Anthony Fletcher to rewrite this important text which throws light on some of the main themes of Tudor history. Topics addressed include: the dynasty's attempt to bring the north and west under control, the progress of the English Reformation and the impact of inflation, taxation and enclosure on society. New for this edition is an analysis of the rebellions in England and Ireland in the 1590s.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -161) and index.
About the Author
Anthony Fletcher was Professor of History, University of Essex.
Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of the leading historians of Tudor England and is Professor of Church History in the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford. He has written widely in the past, including the books 'Thomas Cranmer: A Life' (Yale University Press) and 'Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation' (Penguin). He is currently writing a major survey of the European Reformation for Penguin.
Table of Contents
I. THE BACKGROUND. 1. The shape of Tudor society.
2. Ideas of submission, ideas of justice.
II. DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS. 3. Taxation and rebellion.
4. The Pilgrimage of Grace.
5. The Western Rebellion.
6. Kett's rebellion and southern England.
7. Wyatt's rebellion.
8. The Northern Rebellion.
III. ASSESSMENT. 10. Rebellion and Tudor government.
IV. DOCUMENTS. Bibliography.