Nobels Essay

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“Nobles gave important leadership to protests and rebellions” In this essay I am going to be exploring a variety of sources and discuss weather or not “Nobles gave important leadership to protests and rebellions”. You could define important leadership to be rebellion leaders which convinced and interested people into joining their rebellions and support their cause. This was a very difficult thing to do during the times of the Tudor monarchy because peasants, nobles, gentry and many others in Britain at the time believed in the ‘Chain of Being’. The chain of being was a natural order of superiority where God was at the top and the lower down you went the less important you were seen as in society; if you rebelled then you were seen as going again this system and trying to change the natural order of things and initially this meant you were going against God. This is the reason why people were hesitant about joining rebellions and if you were going to carry out a successful rebellion then you needed strong leaders who provided skills to convince people your rebellion was important enough. There are a wide range of sources that I have looked at and I have decided that source’s 2, 3, and 6 support the interpretation and give some evidence that it was the nobles who contributed the most important leadership in their rebellions. On the other hand I believe sources 1, 4, 5 and 7 limit the interpretation and in fact tell us that people other than nobles provided the most important leadership. Source 1 is a chronicle of events from the Cornish rebellion in 1497. This source goes against the interpretation because it implies that it was the gentry that provided the leadership for the rebellion . Flammock was a lawyer and Joseph was a blacksmith from Cornwall who were refusing to pay the tax to support Britain in a war against Perkin Warbeck and the Scottish. Flammock

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