State Papers: rebellion ballad, 1537
We hope you enjoyed watching our Education Service video with collections expert Sean Cunningham looking at records from our State Papers collection. This video focusses on a ballad relating to the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536-7 from SP1, our series of State Papers relating to Henry VIII.
Watch the video then try and answer the following questions:
- SP1 covers the reign of which English King?
- What time period is covered by the entire State Papers collection?
- What type of information can we find within the State Papers?
- Why does the document box seen in the video have a code?
- Why are the documents found in the box bound into a volume?
Document: SP 1/118
- What is the date of the document discussed in the video?
- What is unusual about the form of the document?
- Why is this particular document in the collection of State Papers?
- The document is titled as an ‘Exhortation’. How does this explain the purpose of the document? Check out the meaning of this term.
- Who wrote this document?
- Who did the writer criticise in this document?
- Why do you think that Henry VIII is not criticised directly?
- Why is this document significant in understanding the causes of the Pilgrimage of Grace?
- Can you find out more about how the government responded to this rebellion and others in different parts of the country?
- Why is it important to look at other sources within the State Papers collection concerning this and other Tudor rebellions?
- How does the ballad suggest there is a division between people of the north and the south?
- What does the reference in the ballad to ‘all abbeys supressed’ mean?
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Connections to Curriculum
Key stage 5
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