Tudor Rebellions


Henry 7

1485 - 1509

Lambert Simnel Rebellion

1486 - 1487

Yorkist Factional dynastic rebellion
Simnel claims to be the Earl of Warwick

Key people: Lambert Simnel, Margret of Burgundy, Earl of Lincoln

Result: Rebellion quashed in battle, Simnel executed

Nuggets: despite H7's request Earl of Lincoln killed, two wings of H7's army held back until they were sure he would win, Vast Irish support suggesting Yorkist leanings

Lovell Rebellion

April 1486 - May 1486

Yorkist factional rebellion as a result of H7 obtaining the throne.
Key people: Francis Lovell, Thomas Stafford, Humphrey Stafford
Result: Rebellion quashed, Francis escaped to burgundy, Humphrey executed, Thomas set free

Yorkshire Rebellion

june 1489 - july 1489

Geographically related Tax rebellion

Key people: Sir John Egremont

Result: Rebellion quashed by royal army outside York, Egremont flees H7 doesn't face another northern tax rebellion.

Nuggets: Egremont was a member of the Percy family suggesting Yorkist intentions, reasons for H7 not facing rebellion from the north is the New Earl of Northumberland was a minor, When tax was being collected Earl of Northumberland was murdered by the rebels

Warbeck Rebellion

1491 - 1499

Factional pretender rebellion

Key people: Perkin Warbeck, Margret of Burgundy, Holy Roman Emperor, King James of Scotland

Result: Warbeck was rejected by France, beaten by the militia at Dale, eventually rejected from Scotland and captured in Exeter. He was allowed to remain at court but eventually tried to run and was put in the tower where he was eventually executed in 1499 for plotting.

Nuggets: Warbeck rejected from France because of Treaty of Etaples,

Cornish Rebellion

May 1497 - July 1497

Geographically related Tax rebellion

Key people: Lord Audley, Morton, Bray

Result: 15000 rebels vs 25000 royal force, 1000 rebels killed and the rest fled in panic. 2 local leaders and Lord Audley executed

Nuggets: As rebels got closer to London peasants began abandoning through fear or other reasons, rebellion had possible underlying causes such as corrupt local government

Much more serious than Yorkshire as it coincided with Warbeck rebellion.

Henry 8

1509 - 1547

Amicable Grant

march 1525 - june 1525

Tax rebellion

Key people: Wolsey

Result: arguably the only truly successful rebellion. Tax abolished and blame placed upon Wolsey

Nuggets: only rebellion to succeed, monarch had no noble support

Kildare Rebellion

1534 - 1537

Lincolnshire Rising

1 October 1536 - 14 October 1536

The Lincolnshire Rising: started October 1536 and lasted a mere 2 weeks however, in that a time an army was amassed of some 40,000 and was led by the gentry and other 'well-to-do' people.

Result: Nothing of substance was achieved, however it was a demonstration of the will of the people and H8 was unable to punish them as duties up north took priority.

Nuggets: symbolism on the flag (5 wounds of Christ, a Chalice, A plough and a horn) suggests this rebellion transcends class. Many gentry wrote to the king after the disbanding of the rebels stating that they joined to attempt to control the commons

Pilgrimage of Grace

October 8 1536 - December 1536

Pilgrimage of Grace: the pilgrimage largely mirrored the Lincolnshire rising in that it was funded by the church, appealed to men across the class system from Aske to the commoners. Aske brought organizational, propagational and overall intellectual skill to the rising meaning the rebels formed more of an army than a mass, with support in Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumberland

Key people: Robert Aske, Darcy, Hussey

Result: The rebels sent off their demands to the king only for them to be returned with the excuse that they were too vague. On the second time of sending them the king promised to review and consider them, the rebels dispersed thinking they had won a great victory. Aske went back down to London to be with the king in what would turn out the be a great trick.

Cumberland Rising

january 1537 - Feb 1537

Rising led by Francis Bigod as a result of a lack of effect of the pilgrims demands

Key people: Francis Bigod

Result: Bigod was quickly captured in Cumberland after failed attempts to take Scarborough and Hull. Afterwards the commons began rising of their own accord. Henry took his opportunity


1547 - 1553

Western rebellion

June 1549 - July 1549

Ketts Rebellion

June 1549 - July 1549


1553 - 1558

Lady Jane Grey Plot

June 1553 - July 1553

Wyatts Rebellion

June 1554 - July 1554


1558 - 1603

Shane O'Neill Rebellion

1558 - 1567

Irish Factional rebellion

Munster Rebellion

1569 - 1573

Irish Factional rebellion

Northern Earls rebellion

June 1569 - July 1569

Geraldine rebellion

1579 - 1583

Irish Factional rebellion

Tyrone Rebellion

1594 - 1603

Irish Factional rebellion

Oxfordshire Rebellion

June 1596 - July 1596

Essex rebellion

June 1601 - July 1601