Essay-style Questions: The Mid-Tudor Period - Part 1

1. Why did Wyatt's rebellion fail?

Answer

Answer outline and marking scheme for question: 1

Possible approaches

There are a number of factors why this rebellion failed. In your answer you should consider them all. Here are a few ideas. (Try to find evidence to substantiate them.)

Lack of coherent leadership.

Lack of aristocratic support.

Failure of the other three counties to rise.

Wyatt's own personal shortcomings.

Because the rebels delayed in attacking London.

The strength of Mary's support (especially after her speech to Londoners).

This is a really interesting question, and it gives you an opportunity to show off the amount of historiography that you know about the issue.

2. In what ways, if any, was Edward Seymour a 'good Duke'?

Answer

Answer outline and marking scheme for question: 2

Try structuring your work like this:

Introduction

Here's your ideal opportunity to show off your historical awareness about how Somerset has been treated by historians in the past. If you cannot remember go back to the section on Somerset.

You could also define what exactly you think a 'good duke' was in the Tudor period. (If you can, try to show how contemporary perceptions of good leadership might have influenced historians who were writing in the nineteenth century, the early twentieth, the 60s, the 80s, and so on. This would take you up into the top band of the mark scheme showing that you can critically evaluate the ideas of historians.)

Discussion

Remember to demonstrate a balance here. It is important that you can find examples of him being a 'good duke' and examples of him not being such a good duke.

Conclusion

Sum up the main points of your argument and present your answer (that should have shown throughout your argument/discussion). There is also an opportunity to compare him to Northumberland (if you want).

For more information on structuring essays and how to use historiography go to the skills section.