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Popular revolt and unrest in England during the second half of the reign of Henry VI

Popular revolt and unrest in England during the second half of the reign of Henry VI

By I.M.W. Harvey

PhD Dissertation, Aberystwyth University, 1988

Abstract: The work is concerned largely with the revolt of Jack Cade in 1450 and with other associated risings which occurred in England during the period 1450-1456. It includes quite a detailed survey of the years 1449-1450, during which a crisis took place in Henry VI’s reign, a crisis which gave rise not only to Cade’s revolt but also to risings throughout southern England and East Anglia. Two underlying themes are the corruption of the court party associated with the Duke of Suffolk, William de la Pole, and the fortunes of the war with France.

Contents

Chapter 1: The South-East of England during the Reign of Henry VI

Chapter 2: The 1440s: The Approach of a Crisis

Chapter 3: Before the Storm: 1449-1450 (to May 1450)

Chapter 4: Cade’s Rebellion in Kent and Middlesex

Chapter 5: Cade’s Followers and Troubles in the Rest of the Country during the Surrmer of 1450

Chapter 6: Subsequent Uprisings during Henry VI’s Reign

Chapter 7: Epilogue: The Last Decade of the Reign

Appendix A: A new version of the bill of complaints, BL Cott. roll IV. 50

Appendix B: The ccmposition of the pardon roll of July 1450

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