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Unit 3: Tudors in Rebellion


This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes and give students the opportunity to develop skills in analysing and evaluating source material. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the nature of rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, and the ways in which the state gradually brought those likely to join rebellions into partnership and participation in governance and hence respectability. Despite a shaky start, the Tudors established their dynasty as one of the most powerful England has seen. They did this by providing, over time, a potentially rebellious people with what they demanded: better governance and justice.


Aspects in breadth: controlling a fractious nation – changes in Tudor government,

  • 1485–1603 1 Changes in governance at the centre
  • 2 Gaining the cooperation of the localities


Aspects in depth: challenges to authority

1 Challenging the succession, 1485–1499

2 Challenging religious changes, 1533–37

3 Agrarian discontent: Kett’s rebellion 1549

4 Queen takes Queen? The revolt of the northern earls, 1569–70

5 Troublesome Ireland: Tyrone’s rebellion, 1594–1603


Coursework: Appeasement

The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian. Students will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading on the question, problem or issue. They will also be specifically required to analyse, explain and evaluate the interpretations of three historians.