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Pilgrimage of Grace

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Protesting the king's betrayal of the "old" religion, his new taxes, and his threat to the rights of landowners, the poor and the powerful united against Henry VIII, raising an army of 40,000. Under the influence of the charismatic, heroic figure of Robert Aske, most of the Northern nobility joined the rebellion and gathered for battle at Doncaster where they would have ou ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Phoenix Press, WC2 (first published August 1st 2002)
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Nancy Oakes
Jun 09, 2009 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Definitely not a book for readers wanting something quick, Pilgrimage of Grace is, nonetheless, an interesting look at events transpiring during the years 1536 to 1537 which could have seriously cost Henry VIII his reign. Commoners and gentry, along with some noblemen united in a series of uprisings against the policies of stripping the monasteries, but more because of Thomas Cromwell, with other prelates they considered as "heretical." There were other reasons as well, largely monetary and pol ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
High 4. A wonderful investigation of the genesis and course of the most serious popular uprising against the reign of Henry VIII. The focus for the growing resentment had been Thomas Cromwell, whose part in the break with Rome to obtain the King's divorce proved to be just one of several reasons why he became the most hated figure in England. In achieving these goals he had openly revealed his contempt for the clergy and was vilified as a heretic by the general populace. Equally damaging to his ...more
Tells a complex tale without losing itself to dry facts or the need of rereading whole sections to clear up confusion. Filled in a period of time often overlooked in Henry VIII's fraught rein.
Apr 29, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
This is a well-written, scholarly yet accessible history of a major popular revolt against the rule of Henry VIII.
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