The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s

Hardcover | May 15, 2001

byR. W. Hoyle

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This is the first full account of the Pilgrimage of Grace since 1915. In the autumn and winter of 1536, Henry VIII faced risings first in Lincolnshire, then throughout northern England. These rebellions posed the greatest threat of any encountered by a Tudor monarch. The Pilgrimage of Gracehas traditionally been assumed to have been a spontaneous protest against the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but R. W. Hoyle's lively and intriguing study reveals the full story. Professor Hoyle examines the origins of the rebellions in Louth and their spread; he offers new interpretations of the behaviour of many of the leading rebels, including Robert Aske and Thomas, Lord Darcy; and he reveals how the engine behind the uprising was the commons, and notably the artisans,of some of the smaller northern towns. Casting new light on the personality of Henry VIII himself, Professor Hoyle shows how the gentry of the North worked to dismantle the movement and help the crown neutralize it by guile as events unfolded towards their often tragic conclusions.

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This is the first full account of the Pilgrimage of Grace since 1915. In the autumn and winter of 1536, Henry VIII faced risings first in Lincolnshire, then throughout northern England. These rebellions posed the greatest threat of any encountered by a Tudor monarch. The Pilgrimage of Gracehas traditionally been assumed to have been...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019820874X

ISBN - 13:9780198208747

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Table of Contents

1. The Risings of 1536-7: Retrospect and Prospect2. A Northern Panorama3. 1536: The Year of Three Queens4. Lincolnshire5. The Dynamics of the Lincolnshire Rising6. Fever Days: The Reaction to Lincolnshire7. The Rising in the East Riding8. The 'Captain Poverty' Revolts9. Misunderstanding Darcy10. The Confrontation at Doncaster11. The Benignity of the Prince12. Winding up the Pilgrimage13. The King's Love for the North14. The Return of the Duke of Norfolk15. The Rebellions as Commons' RevoltsEpilogue: 'to knit up this tragedy'Select DocumentsBibliography of Printed SourcesIndex

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`Fascinating and impeccably researched study of the risings that nearly changed English history.'Diarmaid MacCulloch,The Guardian Saturday Review