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|This is the first full account of the Pilgrimage of Grace since 1915. In the autumn and winter of 1536, Henry VIII faced risings first in Lincolnshire, then throughout northern England. These rebellions posed the greatest threat of any encountered by a Tudor monarch. The Pilgrimage of Gracehas traditionally been assumed to have been a spontaneous protest against the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but R. W. Hoyle's lively and intriguing study reveals the full story. Professor Hoyle examines the origins of the rebellions in Louth and their spread; he offers new interpretations of the behaviour of many of the leading rebels, including Robert Aske and Thomas, Lord Darcy; and he reveals how the engine behind the uprising was the commons, and notably the artisans,of some of the smaller northern towns. Casting new light on the personality of Henry VIII himself, Professor Hoyle shows how the gentry of the North worked to dismantle the movement and help the crown neutralize it by guile as events unfolded towards their often tragic conclusions.|
|Author||R. W. Hoyle|
|Number Of Pages||460 pages|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, Incorporated|
|LC Classification Number||DA339.H69 2001|
|'Neither patronises its readers nor reduces its subject to the level of glamourised simplification, and all professional Tudor historians who believe the subtleties of their subject can be explored outside universities should be grateful to Richard Hoyle for his contribution.'BBC History Magazine|
'a meticulous evaluation... going behind the printed Calendar to that mineof information which is the State papers themselves, and an unrivalled knowledgeof the grass-roots politics of Northern England. There will never be adefinitive history of the Pilgirmage of Grace, but this is as close to it as wemay hope to get.' Patrick Collinson, London Review of Books
... this is a substantial work of scholarship which will be valued, not least for Hoyle's admirable determination, throughout, to go behind the calendar entries, correcting and expanding wherever necessary.
1. The Risings of 1536-7: Retrospect and Prospect 2. A Northern Panorama 3. 1536: The Year of Three Queens 4. Lincolnshire 5. The Dynamics of the Lincolnshire Rising 6. Fever Days: The Reaction to Lincolnshire 7. The Rising in the East Riding 8. The 'Captain Poverty' Revolts 9. Misunderstanding Darcy 10. The Confrontation at Doncaster 11. The Benignity of the Prince 12. Winding up the Pilgrimage 13. The King's Love for the North 14. The Return of the Duke of Norfolk 15. The Rebellions as Commons' Revolts Epilogue: 'to knit up this tragedy' Select Documents Bibliography of Printed Sources Index
A number of small gems and sharp insights pervade the text ... Hoyle has an impressive command of the sources and of northern society ... a treat among academic monographs. This study has been long anticipated by historians of early modern protest, Henrician politics, and the early reformation, and it handsomely repays the wait.
Fascinating and impeccably researched study of the risings that nearly changed English history.
Most interesting is the manner in which he destroys that favourite explanation, 'The north is different'.
Patrick Collinson, London Review of Books
Richard Hoyle's book is the first comprehensive treatment of the Pilgrimage of Grace to be published since the Dodds sisters produced their justly famous two-volume work in 1915. Historical debate has not stood still in the intervening years and the nature and causes of the revolts of 1536-37 have been hotly debated. Professor Hoyle thus faces the daunting task of combining a readable narrative of the rebellions with a judicious analysis able to take all these arguments into account. It is a task in which he succeeds to very good effect ... an impressive and thought-provoking book. Richard Hoyle has given us a book on the Pilgrimage which has been worth the wait since 1915.
Richard Hoyle's thorough, detailed and comprehensive study ... will be required reading for generations of historians of Henrician politics.
This will not so much answer the questions as draw you into the rich and complex world of early Tudor politics and the destruction of the medieval church.