August 5 – The Battle of Clyst St Mary

Posted By on August 5, 2022

On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1549, during the reign of King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII, the Battle of Clyst St Mary took place near Exeter, in Devon.

This battle, which saw the Crown forces victorious, was part of the Prayer Book Rebellion, a rebellion against the religious measures of King Edward’s government.

Let me explain what provoked this rebellion and what happened when the Crown’s forces got to Clyst St Mary on this day in 1549…

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