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What made the Northern Earls Revolt in 1569?

Thomas PercyThey marched with Catholic banners before them and ransacked Durham Cathedral, destroying Protestant prayer books before hearing a Mass.

But were the Northern Earls acting purely out of a religious zeal to restore Catholicism?

It is very difficult to be sure just what motivated the Earls of Westmoreland and Northumberland to revolt in 1569 and so this enquiry asks your students hypothesise and then to revise their thinking as they uncover more of the story.

The classic mystery approach works perfectly here.

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