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6. How were women involved in rebellion and protest?
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In this module, we think about the extent to which women were involved in rebellion and protest in this period, focusing in particular on: (i) the extent to which women’s legal status contributed to their propensity to participate in rebellions; (ii) the case of Katherine, Lady Rhys, in South Wales in the late 1520s; (iii) the involvement of women in the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536-7; (iv) the extent to which women without the backing of powerful families fared less well; (v) the involvement of women in the Rising of the North in 1569; and (vi) the extent to which ordinary women took part in smaller-scale protests in this period.
In this course, we think about the importance of women in politics in the Tudor period (1485-1603). In the first module, we think about how women were viewed in the Tudor period, including both the religious and medical ‘explanations’ for their inferiority to men, and the importance of texts such as Juan Luis Vives’ ‘The Education of a Christian Woman’ in dictating how women should behave. After that, in the second module, we think about the extent to which royal women were able to exercise political power and influence in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, before turning in the third module to consider the impact of the monarch’s (female) gender in the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth. In the fourth module, we explore the various ways that noblewomen could exercise political influence at the court, before turning in the fifth to think about the extent that women were involved in the Reformation. Finally, in the sixth module, we consider the role that women played in protests and rebellions, including the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Rising of the North, as well as in smaller-scale acts of dissent.
Dr Nicola Clark is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Chichester. Her research focuses primarily on women’s dynastic and political roles across the late medieval and early modern period. Her first book, Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 was published by Oxford University Press in August 2018.
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Clark, N. (2021, February 16). The Tudors – Women and Politics, 1485-1603 - How were women involved in rebellion and protest? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-women-and-politics/how-were-women-involved-in-rebellion-and-protest
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