Darcy and Aske, however, although they might have been dealing via the Duke of Norfolk with the king of their country, were certainly not dealing with the ruler of it. One faction of the rebels had Sir Robert Constable as their spokesman, and they feared the man who did rule, Thomas Cromwell, to such a degree that they demanded to ‘have all the country made sure from the Trent northwards’. In other words, use force to shut him out of the north of England altogether using the River Trent as the barrier. It is little wonder that they were so concerned, because he had threatened that ‘their example shall be fearful to all subjects whiles the world doth endure’. That threat was carried out the following year.
Aske returned north after Christmas, pumped full of royal hospitality; many, however, were unimpressed with what they saw as false promises, including former captains of the autumn rising. Sir Francis Bigod, a descendant of the Bigod Dukes of Norfolk, tried to raise another rebellion and planned to take Hull and Scarborough. This uprising was short-lived, though, and with Cromwell’s threats ringing in his would-be followers’ ears, it petered out, and Bigod was arrested.