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Why Was Wales A Threat To England In 1500


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#1 latias

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 09:57 PM

Please could someone please help find some info on why Wales was a threat to England and Elizabeth in 1500s.

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 10:21 PM

Please don't mark things as 'urgent' - each request will be dealt with as soon as possible. Marking things as 'urgent' is completely pointless.

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

#3 latias

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 10:39 PM

thank you for your time

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 10:39 PM

There is some information about the impact of Elizabeth's Religious Settlement on Wales. However, if anything, it shows Elizabeth making a concession (give in to something to please someone) to the Welsh.

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.


See http://www.bbc.co.uk...eofheaven.shtml




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