The Pilgrimage of Grace was a rebellion, and any rebellion would have been regarded as a threat to the governing body. However, the Pilgrimage of Grace threatened the monarchy for several political, social and economic reasons (though mostly political). The rebellion lasted for some months and had managed to sweep aside the forced that the … Continue reading Why was the monarchy threatened by the Pilgrimage of Grace?
In around 1535 (following Henry VIII's break from Rome and marriage to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, but before he relieved her of the burden that was her head), Henry was in desperate need of cash. In a continuation of his attack on Roman Catholicism, Henry launched a campaign against the monasteries which would result … Continue reading Catching the Clergy in the Act