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Pilgrimage of Grace

The first suppression of religious houses (those with an annual income under £200), sparked off uprisings in the North known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. This began in Lincolnshire but insurgence soon spread to Yorkshire where it was led by a local barrister, Robert Aske, who was later hanged at York for his actions. A number of religious joined the rebels, though not all were willing participants. Abbot Sedbar of Jervaulx was literally dragged off to join the insurgents, and was hanged at Tyburn in 1537 for his involvement.