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Tudor Rebellions

6th Edition

By Anthony Fletcher, Diarmaid MacCulloch


192 pages

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Tudor Rebellions, now in its sixth edition, gives a chronological account of the major rebellions against the Tudor monarchy from the reign of King Henry VII until the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. It also 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.

This new edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account the exciting and innovative work on the subject in recent years and bring the historiographical debates right up to date. It now includes additional documents and extended discussions to bring to life the complex events and politics of the rebellions. The primary sources, alongside a narrative history, allow students to fully explore these turbulent times, seeking to understand what drove Tudor people to rebel and what sort of people were inclined to do so. In doing so, the book considers both ‘high’ and ‘low’ politics, and the concerns of both the noble and the unprivileged in Tudor society.

With supplementary materials including a chronology, who’s who and guide to further reading along with maps and images, Tudor Rebellions is an invaluable resource for all students of Tudor history.


"Tudor Rebellions is one of the most successful undergraduate textbooks of the past half century. Elegantly written, meticulously arranged and crammed full of vivid detail, it has introduced thousands of students to some of the most fascinating and controversial episodes in English history. Now, in this splendid new edition, Diarmaid McCulloch brings the story fully up-to-date, incorporating the findings of the very latest historical research and surveying the field with his customary gimlet eye".

Mark Stoyle, University of Southampton, UK

"Tudor Rebellions has been required reading for my students for over thirty years. It provides superb and concise accounts of the rebellions and deftly sets them in their context."

J. Sears McGee, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

"Tudor Rebellions is an incomparable teaching tool. It contains lucid narratives of complicated events along with sophisticated synthetic and analytic essays that provide contexts for the meticulously chosen primary sources. In sum, the book has everything needed to give students a chance to 'do' real historical work."

Freddy C. Dominguez, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition Acknowledgements Chronology Who’s Who Maps Part One: The Background 1. The shape of Tudor society 2. Ideas of submission, ideas of justice Part Two: Descriptive Analysis 3. Taxation and Rebellion 4. The Lincolnshire rising and the Pilgrimage of Grace 5. The Western Rebellion 6. Robert Kett and the 'Rebellion of Commonwealth' 7. Wyatt's rebellion 8. The Northern Rebellion 9. Epilogue Part Three: Assessment 10. Rebellion and Tudor Government Part Four: Documents Further Reading References Index

About the Authors

Anthony Fletcher was Professor of History, University of Essex.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford. His previous publications include Reformation: Europe's House Divided, 1490-1700 (2003), A History of Christianity: the first three thousand years (2009) and Silence: a Christian History (2013).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century