|1536||Pilgrimage of Grace begins.|
In 1536 rumors spread throughout northern England that Henry VIII intended to confiscate goods from some churches in the region and close others. A series of rebellions began as a result of these rumors, but strictly speaking, the Pilgrimage of Grace occurred in Yorkshire from early October to December of 1536.
Some scholars have claimed that the uprising was led by the gentry so as to prevent the common folk from becoming violent. Leaders such as Robert Aske, Thomas Darcy, and Sir Robert Constable were eventually arrested, tried, and executed for their roles in the rebellion.
As a result of this loss of leadership in the uprising, the Duke of Norfolk was able to suppress the rebellion.
© 2004 Mark Gstohl, PhD.