Who did Somerset appoint to the Privy Council
Somerset appointed his friends, members of his household and close supporters.
This was done at the expense of conservatives e.g. Earl of Southampton
What were the complications of Somersets appointments to the Privy Council
Southampton and other privy councillors resented Somerset.
Who did Somerset appoint to control the Privy Council
Michael Stanhope as Chief Gentleman. He controlled the Privy Council from within.
What factional rivalry occured early on within government
Thomas Seymour, Somersets brother, planned to turn Edward VI against Somerset - bribing him and attempting to get him to make Seymour his ‘Governor’
Somerest brought treason charges against Seymour
What was an enabling factor for The earl of Warwick (Northumberland)
The feebleness of Somerset’s government was emphasised in his response to rebellions.
(Failure to stop Kett’s rebellion without foreign mercenaries & the first attempt failed with Northampton)
What happened to Somerset
Power was seized by Warwick’s 1549 coup, somerset originally surrendered following the drop of treason charges
Somerset attempted to gain control and was executed.