The Pilgrimage of Grace (132 words)

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This is the name given to the uprisings in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, in opposition to Henry VIII’s reformation of the Church of England, triggered by the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 and the break from Rome in 1533. The rising was partly motivated by local discontent about enclosures and started in Louth in October when Thomas Cromwell sent his administrators to collect subsidies. The protest in Yorkshire was much more violent and protracted. It was led by Robert Aske, a Yorkshire gentleman and lawyer, who assembled an army of 30,000 armed men, captured the city of York and obtained the support of Edward Lee, the Archbishop of York. The Yorkshire rising was a huge challenge to Henry’s authority but was quelled by …

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Editors. "The Pilgrimage of Grace". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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