Pilgrimage of Grace
The Pilgrimage of Grace was a rebellion against the rule of Henry VIII. The rebellion began in 1536 and lasted only one year. The participants in the Pilgrimage of Grace had both concerns and goals in the movement, there were also those who opposed the movement. Those who were for the Pilgrimage were against-Thomas Cromwell because he was Henry VIII’s Lord High Chancellor and Head of his council. Many followers of the pilgrimage had concerns with the policies of Henry VIII as well as the economy under Henry’s reign.
Those who were for the Pilgrimage were also against Henry VIII and his followers. These supporters of the pilgrimage were also against Thomas Cromwell. Thomas Cromwell was one of King Henry VIII supporters and members of the king’s council. A petition was presented to this council by Robert Aske, listing numerous complaints of changes that needed to be made. (Doc.5) Aske was listing that Cromwell should be punished for what he has done by supporting the King. Cromwell was the Head of the Privy Council in the name of the king. Nicholas Lache, a Catholic priest gave his testimony while imprisoned, about how the rebellion could have been stopped because their actions were offensive to the king.(Doc.8) Cromwell also known as an evil counselor who need to be expelled of being a preserver of the Kings power.(Doc.1) It appeared obvious, even to the ones whom wouldn’t speak of their names ,that they wanted the king to grant the petition against Cromwell as well as elect other people beside a parliament to speak on behalf of the people.(Doc.6)
Those who were for the Pilgrimage had an influence from the economy; economic concerns lead people to be for the pilgrimage. It seemed to be an issue when ordinary people could not be protected by their king. Their complaints were that they were not being defended by Scots or thieves; the only things that they could rely on were charity, faith, poverty and pity. (Doc.2) Common people were not...