Tudor rebellions

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How seriously did they challenge the authority of the crown?

The session will begin with students analysing a ‘mystery’ document which links in with the focus of the workshop and also introduces them to using original Tudor documents.

There will then be a quick overview of some of the main rebellions that took place in the years between 1536 and 1569, identifying the dates and the names of those involved. The main activity focuses on using original documents from our collection to investigate our key question: ‘How seriously did rebellion challenge the authority of the Tudor state in the years 1536-1569?’

The class will be split into four groups, with each group having responsibility for researching rebellions that took place under a particular Tudor monarch – Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I – using original documents such as the State Papers of the monarchs. The rebellions looked at will include the Lincolnshire Rebellion, the Pilgrimage of Grace, Kett’s Rebellion and Western Prayer Book Rebellion, Wyatt’s Rebellion and the Northern Earls Rebellion.

Each group will then report back to the rest of the class. To conclude, students will be asked to weigh up all that they have learned to decide which Tudor monarch they think was most threatened by rebellion at this time.

Students will also have the chance to see some other original documents that we hold at The National Archives, relating to the reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

This session is delivered as a workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost:  Free to UK schools

Suitability:  Key stage 5

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