Economic and Social Issues Were the Main Cause of Tudor Rebellion in Tudor England.

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Economic and social issues were the main cause of Tudor Rebellion in Tudor England.
Tudor England encountered problems with their economy and society. The society suffered from economic issues such as enclosure and bad harvest but also, they encountered problems with the nobility and the government. These issues concerned the majority of the people that started off rebellions. However, there were evidently rebellions that did not emphasise the problems of economic and social issues and saw these problems as one of the reasons for the rebellion. This clearly shows that economic and social issues were not the main cause of rebellions. Therefore, it will be argued that economic and social issues were a contributory cause and that faction is
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The rebels rioted over illegal enclosures against the nobility. For instance, Yorkshire and Cumberland pulled down hedges to attack the lands of the Earl of Cumberland who enclosed his tenants’ lands and denied them grazing rights. As for Western, the increase of tax hit the peasants and the nobility benefitted because of the dissolution of monasteries. During this time, they also encountered problems, which were the main cause for the rebellion, the issue of religion. The Tudors did not experience problems with economy and social resentment during their early years because Henry VII and Henry VIII kept the nobility in control by limiting their powers and their lands. Meanwhile, Mary was not able to encounter this problem because she focused on the problems with religion. Elizabeth saw no threat with problems with enclosure because Oxfordshire was not able to attract support. The problems with enclosure were not seen as a big problem as it was under Edward because of Edward was a minority and was not able to control the problems presented to him. Some rebellions emphasised that the economic issue and resentment to the gentry were the main cause for the rebellion however, economic and social issues were mostly seen to gather popular support as this issue affected everyone nationally because of the economic problems Tudor England had.
Clearly only a number of people were not motivated by economic and social