In what became known as the 'Evil May Day' riots, a crowd of
approximately a thousand London apprentices were incited to
xenophobic rage by an inflammatory speech given at St Paul's Cross
on Easter Tuesday at the encouragement of a broker called John
Lincoln. On May Day a mob congregated in Cheapside, and attacked
foreign residents living in a 'liberty' area called St Martin le
Grand. Although three hundred of the rioters were pardoned, sixty
were convicted of treason and hanged on orders from Wolsey, along
with their leader John Lincoln.
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Editors. "In 'Evil May Day' riots London apprentices attack foreign residents". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=14241, accessed 24 May 2017.]