Henry VIII, the Reign
Pilgrimage of Grace and Lincolnshire Rising, the Causes
In 1536 Lincolnshire was the first county to rise in rebellion against the government of Henry VIII’s realm by the ruling faction headed by Thomas Cromwell.
The Lincolnshire rising began on the evening of Sunday 1 October 1536 at Louth. It spread at the lighting of a carefully set network of blazing beacons and to the peel of church bells rung in back rounds that is, ringing the bells in ascending order of pitch from the Tenor to the Treble. A week later all of Lincolnshire was in rebel hands including the county town. Thousands of armed men gathered at Lincoln Cathedral and on Monday 9 October a list of their demands was sent to Henry VIII in London.
Their grievances are known as the Lincoln Articles.