Was there a Mid-Tudor Crisis?



1. Poor harvests, 1551, especially 1555/1556

2. War leads to high spending under Somerset with France and Scotland (£1 million), and under Mary

3. High inflation coupled with high unemployment

4. The fall of the Antwerp cloth market 1550

5. Three major rebellions, not to mention other risings and  riots

6. Constant factions at court - due to lack of effectual leadership: a minor followed by a weak woman who depended on her foreign husband for advice

7. The attempt to put Jane Grey on the throne upset the succession

8. Crisis in the Churhc - not enough clergy

9. 1557-1558 major flu epidemic. biggest human catastrophe since the black death

10. Loss of…


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