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The Wyatt Rebellion

David Loades
Professor Emeritus, University of Wales, Bangor,
Hon Member History Faculty, University of Oxford

ISBN 978 1 85944 114 5   £4.00

The cover of The Wyatt Rebellion by David Loades

The Wyatt rebellion was the most serious challenge to Mary in her five year reign. This paperback is largely concerned with the Kentish campaign and with the examinations which followed. It discusses the motivation of the rebels, their expectations of success and on what Sir Thomas Wyatt could achieve in Kent. It explains why Wyatt was able to lead 3000 men to London, where he had good hope of support but was frustrated in an attempt to cross the Thames from Southwark and forced to march up river to Kingston on Thames. It was when he found Ludgate closed against him that he was attacked by the Earl of Pembroke’s forces. Outnumbered and outgunned he gave up and surrendered. Ostensibly the whole movement was against the Spanish marriage, but could only have succeeded by replacing Mary on the throne by Elizabeth, and the investigations which followed were largely concerned to incriminate her. They failed to find any evidence, but she spent two months in the Tower as a result. Wyatt was executed.

David Loades taught at the universities of St. Andrews, Durham and Bangor. He is Professor Emeritus, University of Wales and was Research Professor at the University of Sheffield for the duration of the British Academy John Foxe Project. He is now an honorary member of the History Faculty, University of Oxford.

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