4 October – A recantation and a rebellion

| October 4, 2016

4 October – A recantation and a rebellion

On this day in 1536, there was trouble in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. This was part of what we know as the Lincolnshire Rising which, in turn, was part of the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion. Read more… On this day in 1556, Sir John Cheke, one-time tutor to Edward VI, Secretary of State for Lady Jane Grey […]

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

| October 19, 2014

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

On the 19th October 1536, Henry VIII got tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels. In a letter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry wrote: “You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and cause all the boats […]

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

| October 4, 2014

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

4 October in Tudor history saw two interesting events: trouble in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, in 1536 which led to the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, and in 1556 Sir John Cheke, one time tutor to Edward VI, Secretary of State for Lady Jane Grey and the first Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University, making a public […]

A Pardon for the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

| December 3, 2013

A Pardon for the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

On this day in 1536, 3rd December, a proclamation was made to the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace offering them a pardon. It read: “Proclamation of the King’s pardon to the rebels of the different districts, viz.: That those of Yorkshire, with the city of York, Kingston upon Hull, Marshland, Holdenshire, Hexham, Beverley, Holderness, […]

October 1536 – The Pilgrimage of Grace

| October 14, 2013

October 1536 – The Pilgrimage of Grace

The Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion was an uprising in the North which was sparked off initially by trouble in Lincolnshire. This trouble, in turn, was caused by discontent over the dissolution of Louth Abbey, the government commissions in the area and rumours that these commissions would confiscate jewels and plate from churches and impose new […]

16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard Enter York

| September 16, 2013

16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard Enter York

On this day in 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his […]

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

| June 30, 2012

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, set off from London on their royal progress to the North. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, but this progress also had two other aims: the […]

26th October – On this Day in History…

| October 26, 2011

26th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 26th October… 1529 – Thomas More took his oath as Chancellor 1536 – The rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys, near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by the Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army only a fifth […]