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The Pilgrimage of Grace: The Rebellion that Shook Henry VIII's Throne Hardcover – 8 Aug 2002


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st Edition edition (8 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297643932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297643937
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We're getting some fantastic coverage for this title: "The pilgrimage has attracted intensive specialist study in recent years. What has been lacking is the coherent narrative that Moorhouse agreeably supplies. As a work of analysis the book is assured and careful, without being particularly ambitious. Hisprincipal achievement is one of evocation. Aided by thoughtfully chosen illustrations, he takes us into the dales and towns where the rebels gathered anddebated and were bloodily suppressed , and recreates the moods and tensions of an episode critical in the survival and development of the Tudor state andin the destruction of an ancient religion and society." Spectator "Moorhouseis alert to the horror of mob coercion, but his sympathies are with the commons... His book is likely to reach a wide, non-academic readership. In the current vogue for television-led history, focused depressingly on "kings and queens", it is refreshing to be reminded that the soil of Tudor history is composed of the blood, toil and tears of ordinary men and women." Eamon Duffy, Sunday Times Roy Hattersley, The Observer:"The Pilgrimage of Grace is history as it should be written... The Pilgrimage of Grace reveals a remarkable talentfor making history come to life through illustrative anecdotes... Geoffrey Moorhouse has done a great service by filling in one of the great gaps in our understanding of England's past." Frank McLynn, The Independent on Sunday says:"What went wrong and why did the most significant internal rebellion since 1066 peter out so suddenly? This is the subject of Geoffrey Moorhouse's marvellous historical narrative... a riveting history which blends scholarship andgripping narrative. A new synthesis on the Pilgrimage of Grace was badly needed, but we could hardly have expected it would be as good as this." In the Literary Review, JWM Thomson:"Geoffrey Moorhouse's fresh account of that violent event is a reminder of how much it still colours life today.... Moorhouse has made a thorough study of the story, tracing events from the first, brief rebellion in Lincolnshire to the sustained uprising of the people further north. This is no easy task given the patchy nature of sixteenth-century records: however, he presents a convincing picture. It is a tale of "old, unhappy, far-off things,/And battles long ago", and Geoffrey Moorhouse tells it well." "Geoffrey Moorhouse gives a gripping account of this delicately poised momentin the story of England. His vigorous narrative skills and easy command of great masses of detail make him the ideal popular recounter of this tale, which is too-often scanted in the history books....Moorhouse is encyclopaedic about the religious life and orders of the time, and his intimate knowledge of the ground travelled by the principals and the rebel forces giveshis account great vividness....Moorhouse has produced a fine piece of popular history in the great tradition of Trevelyan and Macaulay, throroughly educative and satisfying." AC Grayling, Financial Times "Geoffrey Moorhouse has retrieved some of the voices of the Pilgrims from the interrogations and confessions which followed the collapse of their movement. In doing so, he has done us and them aservice, showing that the history of the losers can be as fascinating as thehistory of the winners." Sunday Telegraph "Geoffrey Moorhouse has written anengaging retelling of these momentus events, the great strength of which is its loving familiarity with the landscape and history of northern England." The Guardian And of course especially in North Yorkshire where the author lives, and where some of the rebels were eventually executed, with confirmed coverage including BBC Radio Lancashire, The Dalesman and the Craven Herald plus an interview for Lincolnshire Life. His first event at the Yorkshire Post Lite

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Dramatic story of a forgotten 16th century rebellion by the North of England against the Crown.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "jonathanwiseman" on 11 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Moorhouse's book is an excellent in-depth exploration of the events of October 1536 that culminated in a serious challenge to Henry's reforms of the Church and, indeed, to his control over the North of the country in general. In particular my perspective on Robert Aske, a key figure in the rising, was changed by the book; Moorhouse provides a strong argument for considering him a liberal thinker perhaps slightly ahead of his time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2007
Format: Paperback
An interesting and impartial account of the rebellion in favour of the old religion against Henry VIII - though in fact the target was really Thomas Cromwell. The book didn't totally succeed for me - the prose was a little dry and a bit hardgoing in places, though the author's research is certainly thorough. One probably more for those already immersed in Tudor history, rather than for a more general reader who is more likely to take to an Alison Weir-type approach.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cosmicelk on 15 Dec. 2010
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This is the clearest account I have read on the rebellion in Lincolnshire, then Yorkshire against Henry VIII. The author who is very obviously familar with the places involved also has great insight into how they regarded the King's policies. To the local people, Henry VIII was robbing them and destroying their main source of employment, education, hospitals, care homes, etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. R. J. Castell on 21 May 2014
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This was a fascinating account of this rebellion against a duplicitous, greedy, revengeful and thoroughly nasty and despotic ruler. He must be the most objectionable and disastrous monarch so far, closely followed by his greedy father.
The history is well written and researched and presents a sound and judicious account-it is a great pity that it did not succeed-had it done so the worst excesses of his actions and those of Thomas Cromwell would have been avoided.
Well worth reading.
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