The Growth of Discontent During the 1430s and 1440s

I. M. W. Harvey

in Jack Cade's Rebellion of 1450

Published in print October 1991 | ISBN: 9780198201601
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191674952 | DOI:
The Growth of Discontent During the 1430s and 1440s

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This chapter focuses on the Lollard rising of 1431 in southern England. Lollardy, as a persistent, covert tradition of radical thinking, impacted significantly upon the political sphere. Whilst Cade's rebellion would be very different in purpose and organization, many of the satellite risings associated with it both in 1450 and during the years immediately after occurred in places of strong Lollard tradition. This chapter also describes the degree of restlessness among Henry VI's subjects and the criticisms levelled against him. Before the second half of the 1440s, recorded criticisms of Henry are few, but during the years between 1444 and 1457, charges of seditious speech came before justices of the king's bench. The constant underlying theme of such speech was that men simply did not regard Henry as fit to be a king; it was the earl of Suffolk and bishop of Salisbury who really had power.

Keywords: Lollard rising; Lollardy; Cade; Henry VI; earl of Suffolk; bishop of Salisbury

Chapter.  13160 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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