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There has been great scholarly interest in the Pilgrimage of Grace for decades with there being two main disputes each argument provoking a great debate The first argument being about the motive for the uprising and the second how it was started Religion must have been of a great influence and therefore the reason behind the rebellion as it has become known as the Pilgrimage of Grace This is because its leaders visualized their revolt as both a religious as well as political rebellion As a result they used traditional religious symbols such as the Five Wounds of Christ as their emblem as they marched to London Guy 1990 pg 143 Religion was mentioned as a cause for concern eight times in the Pontefract articles for that reason it must have been a topic of a great dissatisfaction The pilgrimage of grace was lead by disaffected members of the northern aristocracy who marched against the towns and royal strongholds they clearly identified the religious reforms as central to their protest in the eyes of Seymour Baker House ed Mac Culloch 1995 pg 186 They were unhappy about the execution of priests and members of the clergy who spoke up about the religious changes that Henry was making ed Mac Culloch 1995 pg 185-6 Knowles The Religious Orders in England volume 3 Cambridge 1959 as quoted by Bush 1998 pg 16 - The Historian Winter 1998 recognised that the pilgrims foremost aim for rebellion was to defend Catholicism the old religion Knowles also suggests that it was the closing of the smaller monasteries that was a cause of great anger to the rebels especially leading to great dissatisfaction among the people of Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archaeology Service httpwwwarchwyjsorgukAdvSrvTudorwebTPilgrimagehtml and seen by many as being central to the rebellion Dickens as quoted by Bush 1998 pg 16 The rebels swore an oath when the joined the pilgrimage which was certainly of a religious nature
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