“Tudor England was an uncivilised, chaotic and isolated country at the start of the 16th century”. How far do you agree with this statement?
The age of the Tudors was one of the most exciting periods in British history. There are arguments to both agree and to disagree with the statement about tudor life and in this essay I hope to give strong detailed arguments for both sides and give my personal opinion in the conclusion.
Firstly the Tudors were a very religious person which disagrees with the argument that they were uncivilised as religion plays a crucial role in any society. However it was chaotic to a certain extent because Henry broke with Rome as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. This was a small part of what’s known as the reformation where Henry tried to reform the English church. When this failed he instead founded protestant churches because he wanted churches to be more organized and make worshipping simpler. Henry however was not a protestant and believed in catholic ways of worship but would not obey the pope. This led to a catholic uprising and Henry had 200 catholic leaders executed which is another strong argument that Tudor times were chaotic and uncivilised.
Furthermore crime and punishment played a big role in the Tudors being uncivilised. There were hundreds of murders and robberies every year, and the constant threat of rebellion. The monarchs made harsh laws to keep the peace but they had no police or army to enforce them. As England’s population rose there were fewer jobs and many people were out of work. By 1570 there were more than 10,000 homeless people wandering the streets looking for work. In 1547 a law was made ordering these people to be whipped all the way back to their home towns. The law was just as harsh on others. In the 1580s many women were hanged for witchcraft. Dishonest shopkeepers were chained into stocks where they would be pelted with rubbish by local people.
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