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England did not begin to face a crisis during Edward VIs reign To what extent to do you agree?

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Dan Seamarks 6.6 ?England did not begin to face a crisis during Edward VI?s reign? ? To what extent to do you agree? England during Edward VI?s reign was, at times, very weak and unstable. However, its fortunes were turned around sharply. Although England could be seen as being saved from crisis during Edward?s latter years it did, nonetheless, begin to face a crisis. The foreign affairs of Edward?s early reign weighed down heavily on England and only added to the crisis it faced. Somerset?s initial ideas towards Scotland seemed to be idealistic yet possible, securing a royal marriage. However, the attacks on France, where the English had been since the end of Henry VIII?s, were likely to end any hope of a relationship as the Scottish were loyal French supporters. Somerset?s blindness in this situation certainly pointed toward crisis because it appeared as though the English were clutching at any possible hope of securing a victory in Scotland, almost attempting to finish Henry?s left overs. ...read more.

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Somerset?s ?Book of Common Prayer? in 1549, a strong protestant document, led to religious rebellions, such as the Western Rebellion, as well as a wholly negative reaction from the commoners. This feeling was only amplified by ?The Act of Uniformity? in 1549 which banned the use of statues, relics and artefacts from churches. Religious legislation during this era was particularly responsible for England facing a crisis during Edward?s reign because such radical change, so quickly only added to the commoner?s contempt for the protectors. Although it seemed that religious change was outraging the common people of England, it seemed that, eventually, they got used to it. After the 1552 revision of the ?Common Prayer Book?, which included a new Act of Uniformity, was met with no recorded rebellions or public outbursts. This almost certainly showed that England did not face a crisis during Edward?s reign because people came to accept the religious changes brought to them. However on the whole, the religious changes and the rebellions that followed, show that England did face a crisis during Edward?s reign because the un-rest caused was major, covering the entire cross-section of society. ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore it seems that England did not face a crisis during Edward?s reign because actually the country?s finances were able to be saved in a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore the financial operations of the country also helped to turn the tables. The number of financial courts was downed from 5 to 2 and the coinage was repealed so that it could be replaced with the same silver content of 1527. This strengthens the fact that England did not face a crisis at this time because, on the whole, the financial operations were streamlined and the value of money was ultimately increased. Overall, I cannot agree that England did not begin to face a crisis during Edward VI?s reign because so much went wrong. Foreign affairs were a state and were used in an inappropriate manor for the majority of Edward?s reign. Furthermore, the religious outcries failed to be built upon or changed. There is some evidence that England did not face a crisis, however, the majority of these actions seemed to be used in an attempt to fix situations rather than because Northumberland wanted too. Therefore I cannot agree with the statement to any extent. ...read more.

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