G H And Suicide Case Study

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Study Sources G, H and I. How far do these sources suggest that the smaller monasteries were dissolved in 1536 because of their corruption? (20 Marks) All three sources provide evidence for and against the argument that the monasteries were dissolved as a result of their corruption. At face value source G takes the line of argument that the monasteries were corrupt and this is the cause of their dissolution because it suggests they were deceitful by claiming that they had religious relics. Source H supports the arguments of G because it argues the monasteries are sinful and vicious. Source I however argues that the monasteries are not corrupt and that their dissolution is a result of the financial benefits they gave to the King. The sources…show more content…
Consequently the surface arguments of G and H are limited by their attributes and so I believe this reduces the extent to which they agree with the statement. In contrast to G and H, source I appears to offer a different explanation for the motives. Aske’s deposition highlights royal greed and cruelty, driven by seemingly financial motives. It challenges the notions of corruption put forward by G and H where it mentions the ‘great alms’ given to the poor and the men who had ‘laudably’ served God. It highlights financial gain in terms of ‘profits’ for the King. Although source I does not directly reject the motives of a belief in corruption as it does not provide a royal viewpoint, it implies that the King and Cromwell were driven by greed and anger. Perhaps Source I also provides a more useful account as Aske would be expressing his perspective under the knowledge that he was soon to lose his life, although he was clearly going to accept this forceful view because of his position as the leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace and representative of the opposition to the dissolution of the monasteries and the
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