Lambert Simnel rebels (202 words)

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Henry VII had only held the English crown for two years when he faced the first potential threat to his position. Lambert Simnel was a young boy of humble origin, but he was used by an Oxford priest, Richard Symonds, as a claimant to the throne. Symonds decided to claim that the little boy's true identity was that of the Earl of Warwick, who had been imprisoned in the Tower of London along with the more famous Princes in the Tower. He spread rumours that Warwick had actually escaped, and took Simnel to Ireland, a stronghold of the Yorkist cause. Here Simnel was crowned 'King Edward VI', and supported by Irish troops, Simnel landed in Lancashire on 5th June 1487. The rebellious forces marched across the Pennines, but did not gather as …

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