Why Was Wales A Threat To England In 1500
Posted 29 March 2005 - 09:57 PM
Posted 29 March 2005 - 10:21 PM
When considering the problems Elizabeth I faced, I have never come across 'Wales' as being one that is mentioned.
For example, in this BBC summary - http://www.bbc.co.uk...beth_i_01.shtml - Wales is simply not mentioned.
If I had to make a guess, I would suggest that Wales was potentially a problem for Elizabeth because it could be a 'hotbed' of rebellion or revolt. However, it was far more likely for rebellion to come from Scotland or indeed France and Spain than Wales.
However, I will think about this further.
Don't forget that Henry VIII (Elizabeth's father) officially make Wales a part of England in 1536 - this obviously caused resentment and bitterness amongst the Welsh. See http://www.spartacus...TUDactunion.htm
Posted 29 March 2005 - 10:39 PM
The article suggests that Elizabeth was trying to make the concession because of the potential danger of invaders coming through Wales. Elizabeth was trying to encourage the Welsh to support her, rather than any Catholic invasion:
Why this concession? Wales had long been known as a backdoor for the invasion of England - after all, that was the route the Tudors had taken to the throne. Spreading the Protestant word among the Welsh in their own language was a politically expedient move to get them on side at a time of increasing Catholic threat from Europe to the English throne.
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