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The Pilgrimage of Grace was a spontaneous uprising, largely inspired by religious causes Discuss, using the sources.

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Protest and Rebellion in Tudor England- Mock Exam Question ?The Pilgrimage of Grace was a spontaneous uprising, largely inspired by religious causes? 1. Explain how far sources 1-4 support this interpretation. You may, if you wish, amend the interpretation, or suggest and interpretation of your own. If you do this, you must use the sources to support the changes you have made. There are still lots of debates onto what inspired the Pilgrimage of Grace, a Rebellion that took place in 1536 when Henry VIII was on the throne, and if they were other underlying factors. These sources go some way to helping us decide whether the interpretation is completely correct. Source 2 and 3 are the rebel demands from the York articles, written by Robert Aske, who was the leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace on 15th October 1536, and the Pontefract Articles, written in early December 1536. In Source 2, the York Articles, the letter starts with ?To the Kyng our Soveraign lorde? this shows Politeness and graciousness towards Henry, maybe a slight hint of sucking up to Henry also, to seem as though they aren?t being threatening. This could suggest an element of planning towards the rebellion because they seem to have decided to try and get Henry on their side, so this would show a slight disagreement with the interpretation. ...read more.


In conclusion, there can be little doubt that religious changes were a main reason for the Pilgrimage of Grace. Robert Aske wouldn?t have wanted to lead his fellow rebels if the protest had not had a religious input. The Reformation had affected over 100 small monasteries in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, so all religious commoners, as well as priests felt aggrieved. Many of these monasteries had worked with their local communities in both educational and medical aspects of everyday life, and there was a very negative attitude towards the loss of these activities. All commoners had been brought up knowing their religion and the rumours of their religion having to change and the closing of monasteries was threatening to them. Although we can certainly say some of the rebels also had economic grievances and used the Pilgrimage of Grace to vent their anger. Rent increases seem to have been the primary reason for the anger of some of the ?commoners?. However, this has always been played down by most historians. Those nobles who joined the rebellion (not being forced into it) seem to have done so because they believed that their traditional rights were being taken away from them and replaced with more modern methods that took away the power that they believed was theirs by right. ...read more.


It could quite easily have been information from somewhere else, or even a personal view on what Moorhouse thought had happened. However it?s quite useful to tell us that there was a lot of people rebelling due to taxation problems and not just religion, and it shows us how that certain part of the rebellion was successful by forcing the commissioners away with the large amount of rebels involved. Source 4 is very helpful to historians because it is the exact words of Robert Aske, so it was at the time the Rebellions were taking place. However because Robert Aske had just been captured, we can?t say for certain that all of his words and reasoning are completely true. Because for Aske it will be more a matter of survival and trying to save himself and give the blame to other people, if Aske tells the whole truth, he knows that some of his actions will probably get him killed. So we don?t know which bits of Aske?s statement to believe. So overall the sources do give us a good idea of what caused the Pilgrimage of Grace, but there are some things, for example, what demands the commoners would have given, and what Aske would?ve said in his statement if he hadn?t been captured and fighting for his life, that we cannot pick up from these 4 sources. ...read more.

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