The Mid-Tudor Crisis

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Covering the period from 1547 to 1558, The Mid Tudors explores the reigns of Edward VI and Mary. Stephen J. Lee examines all the key issues debated by historians, including the question as to whether there was a mid-Tudor crisis. Using a wide variety of sources and historiography, Lee also looks at the Reformation and the Counter Reformation, as well as discussing government and foreign policy. The book starts with a chapter on Henry VIII to establish the overall perspective over the following two reigns-thereby providing a basis to examine their positive as well as negative features.

About the Author:
Stephen J. Lee was formerly head of history at Bromsgrove School

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'The focus of the book is on evaluating the historiographical debate surrounding the Mid Tudors. In this respect the book does an excellent job.' – History Teaching Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415302142
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Questions and Analysis in History Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     ix
The legacy of Henry VIII, 1509-47     1
Background     1
What key changes had occurred during the reign of Henry VIII?     1
How have historians interpreted the Henrician 'revolutions' and their subsequent impact?     9
Sources: Religious and administrative 'revolutions'?     19
Edward VI, Somerset and Northumberland, 1547-53     23
Background     23
Was the monarchy significantly weakened during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53)?     26
Consider the reputations and achievements of Somerset and Northumberland     29
The authority and power of Edward VI     37
Views on the protectorship of Somerset     40
The Edwardian Reformation, 1547-53     43
Background     43
How radical were the religious changes introduced by Somerset and Northumberland?     44
How secure have historians considered Protestantism to have been under Edward VI?     49
Changes made by the Edwardian Reformation     54
Views on the impact of the Edwardian Reformation     57
The Marian Counter Reformation, 1553-58     62
Background     62
How successfully did Mary Tudor implementher religious objectives?     63
Examine the views of historians about the Marian religious policies     67
The Marian burnings     74
Historians' interpretations of the Marian burnings     78
Edwardian and Marian foreign policy, 1547-58     81
Background     81
Examine the aims and achievements of the foreign policy of (1) Somerset and (2) Northumberland     84
Consider the different interpretations given of the foreign policy of Mary Tudor     89
The Spanish marriage     94
Historians' views on the reasons for and effects of Somerset's Scottish policy     96
Mary's rule, 1553-58     100
Background     100
How secure was Mary's power between 1553 and 1558?     100
How have historians changed their views on Mary's administration?     105
Government under Mary     113
Views on Mary's administration     116
A mid-Tudor crisis?     118
Background     118
How serious were the crises occurring in England between 1547 and 1558?     119
How appropriately can the term 'mid-Tudor crisis' be applied to the reigns of Edward VI and Mary?     123
Rebellions as 'crises', 1547-55      131
Historians' views on a 'mid-Tudor crisis'     133
Notes     136
Select bibliography     146
Index     149
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