The Pilgrimage of Grace of 1536-7 was generally agreed to have been
the greatest and most dangerous of the Tudor rebellions. For a short
time King Henry VIII lost control of the whole of the north of England,
and civil war seemed a likely prospect. The movement broke out on 13
October, 1536, immediately following the failure of the Lincolnshire
Rising. A London barrister of good Yorkshire family, Robert Aske, put
himself at the head of nine
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will discuss the nature of the Pilgrimage of Grace.
Before we actually discuss the nature of the movement, we first need
to analyze the cause of the Pilgrimage of Grace. First would be the
economic matter. The economy in the sixteenth century was in great
poverty. This poverty was exacerbated by more wide-ranging events.
Before 1530 there was a considerable price inflation, and the pressure
which this put on landlords were certainly transmitted to the tenants.