Why did Northumberland’s plans fail?
Attempted to interfere with the legitimate succession
Promoted the claims of his sons wife- sordid attempt to hold on to power?
How did mary take control of Northumberland’s fall?
Gathered support from nobility gentry and ordinary folk
How Queen Mary’s accession greeted favourably by the English people?
What was the problem with the kingdom that Mary had inherited?
It had fundamental religious divisions
What was the problem with Mary’s religion?
The kingdom had a substantial Protestant minority
Was Mary prepared to rule?
Hadn’t been brought up to rule
What was the problem with Mary’s loyal and trusted supporters?
E.g. Robert Rochester
They had no serious experience in government
Who would Mary have to rely on?
Those who’d served her half brother such as lord paget (conservative)
How many councillors did Mary appoint?
Led to inefficient and faction ridden government?
How big was the working council board?
Mary regarded councillor as an honorary title
What was Mary’s relationship with her key councillors?
Lost confidence in paget because he opposed her religious programme
Never fully trusted gardiner
What was Mary’s relationship with parliament?
One of cautious cooperation
A substantial minority of MPs opposed the reversal of the Edwardian religious legislation
In what way did parliament oppose crown policies?
Concern for property rights ensured that ex monastic property wouldn’t be restored to the church
A bill in 1555 to allow the seizure of property of Protestant exiles was defeated