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‘Kill all the gentlemen’? (Mis)representing the western rebels of 1549

‘Kill all the gentlemen’? (Mis)representing the western rebels of 1549
‘Kill all the gentlemen’? (Mis)representing the western rebels of 1549

It is frequently claimed that the western rebels of 1549 were animated by class-hatred. The present article disputes that theory. First, it demonstrates that the rebels were, in general, remarkably restrained in their treatment of loyalist gentlefolk who fell into their hands. Next, it considers the blood-thirsty ‘slogan’ which has so often been attributed to the protestors – ‘kill (all) the gentlemen!’ – and argues that this phrase was, in all likelihood, a later fabrication. Finally, it suggests that popular hatred of the gentry seems more likely to have been the product than the cause of the insurrection.

Rebellion; Religion; Devon; Cornwall
0950-3471
50-72
Stoyle, Mark
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Stoyle, Mark
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Stoyle, Mark (2019) ‘Kill all the gentlemen’? (Mis)representing the western rebels of 1549. Historical Research, 92 (255), 50-72. (doi:10.1111/1468-2281.12261).

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It is frequently claimed that the western rebels of 1549 were animated by class-hatred. The present article disputes that theory. First, it demonstrates that the rebels were, in general, remarkably restrained in their treatment of loyalist gentlefolk who fell into their hands. Next, it considers the blood-thirsty ‘slogan’ which has so often been attributed to the protestors – ‘kill (all) the gentlemen!’ – and argues that this phrase was, in all likelihood, a later fabrication. Finally, it suggests that popular hatred of the gentry seems more likely to have been the product than the cause of the insurrection.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 March 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 January 2019
Published date: 1 February 2019
Keywords: Rebellion; Religion; Devon; Cornwall

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Local EPrints ID: 420442
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420442
ISSN: 0950-3471
PURE UUID: 51bacaa7-d74f-4c22-b75d-39e35ed3aac1

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Date deposited: 08 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 06:38

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