Use your own knowledge to assess how far the sources support the interpretation that the main aim of rebellions between 1536 and1569 was the restoration of the catholic faith

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Use your own knowledge to assess how far the sources support the interpretation that the main aim of rebellions between 1536 and1569 was the restoration of the catholic faith When looking at the sources, none of them actually wholeheartedly support the interpretation that the main aim of the rebellions was the restoration of the Catholic faith. Sources A, B and E do have aspects which can be interpreted this way but they do also have points which contradict this. Sources C and D however are clearly supporting the view that there were other motives behind the rebellions. In source A, The Pontefract Articles, there are two points which stand out as being solely religion based. Point 2 which is ‘To have the Pope restored as the supreme head of the church.’ This was in response to Henrys recent move to become an independent church free of the Pope to allow him to divorce his current wife. The other point is number 7 ‘to have heretics punished by burning’ the use of the word heretics instantly confirms that this is about religion because the very definition of a heretic is a ‘professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church’. There are two other points which could have mixed interpretations, one of them being point 3 ‘to have lady Mary made legitimate’ this could be because the people believed that Mary was a practising Roman Catholic so if she were to inherit the throne England would return to being a practising Roman Catholic country. Point 4, which is the restoration of abbeys and their goods, can be seen as being a religious motive because the imagery that comes with the abbeys is a core part of catholic belief. And finally point 15 is to have Cromwell and Rich punished presumably for pushing the change to Protestantism. Source B which are the demand of the western rebels shares many similarities to that of the pilgrimage of grace rebels, they both demand that the abbeys be...
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