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By: Steven Illingworth

Henry VIII’s Narrow Escape

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In 1536, King Henry VIII faced a major rebellion called The Pilgrimage of Grace, in opposition to the religious changes being imposed by the king and his ministers. The rebels, based mainly in the north of England, were particularly keen to defend the monasteries against the government’s attempt to close them down. This book tells the story of the struggle for Sawley Abbey on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire near Clitheroe and how close Henry VIII came to a disastrous defeat there. The involvement of other northern monasteries in the struggle to save Sawley, at Whalley and Furness, is also explored. In his dealings with all three of these monasteries, Henry enjoyed great fortune and a very narrow escape. This is the story of how close these monasteries came to destroying Henry VIII and changing the entire course of English history.

Steven Illingworth is a history graduate, former secondary school history teacher and recently-retired university lecturer in history education. He has written several articles in a variety of educational and academic journals. As well as writing, he has delivered several talks across the country on aspects of Tudor and twentieth century history.

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