Against: Evaluation of the threat of the Pilgrimage of Grace

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  • Created on: 26-04-20 20:20
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  • The Pilgrimage of Grace didn't pose a serious threat to Henry VIII's government
    • Error of judgement.
      • Aske was prepared to believe the promises which Norfolk made on Henry’s behalf. 
        • Norfolk was able to take advantage of the commons’ sense of obedience to the monarchy and those above them in society. 
        • In 1536, the commons were still prepared to trust their social superiors, especially Norfolk and Aske. 
    • Henry's strategies.
      • Once the rebels dispersed, Henry took advantage of further risings to exploit tensions + distrust between the landed gentry + the commons
        • By the time some former rebels realised they’d been tricked, it was too late because the rebel army had dispersed. 
      • The rebels were also not interested in removing Henry from the throne. 
        • Even the plotters at Court weren’t prepared to go this far. 
    • Nobility loyalty to Henry.
      • The splits among the northern nobility meant that Henry was able to keep enough men on his side to at least contain the situation, if not to stop the rebellion entirely. 
        • Henry used his patronage to reward men such as the Earl of Derby and the Cliffords who repaid him by remaining loyal.
    • Nobility + gentry involvement.
      • The gentry turned against the rebels to avoid punishment. 
        • In Bigod’s Rising, 1537, some gentry leaders of Pilgrimage like Robert Bowes were recruited by the government to put down risings. 


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