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The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s$
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R. W. Hoyle

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208747.001.0001

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The Dynamics of the Lincolnshire Rising

The Dynamics of the Lincolnshire Rising

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(p.135) 5 The Dynamics of the Lincolnshire Rising
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The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208747.003.0005

The 1536 rising at Louth was founded on the expectation that the plate and other liturgical gold and silver of the parish church would be confiscated on Monday, October 2. The rising at Horncastle was founded on the lie that the confiscation had taken place. As Louth had a considerable investment to protect, it is easy to appreciate why these fears should have had a particular resonance amongst its inhabitants; but there is no sign that Horncastle, as the smaller town, had a similar investment in church goods. In both towns the revolutionary vanguard was drawn from the artisans of the town. This may particularly be seen in Louth. Obviously, much of the rebels' success turns on the twin advantages of surprise and numbers, but the speed with which the rebellion spread outside the towns indicates the receptivity of Lincolnshire rural society to their message.

Keywords:   rebellion, England, artisans, church goods, Lincolnshire

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