Friday, January 17, 2014

The Martyrs of Lincolnshire and the Lincoln Uprising

The blogmaster of the Lincolnshire Martyrs website left a comment asking me to promote his efforts to make the martyrs of Lincolnshire and the cause of the Lincolnshire Uprising better known.

The Lincolnshire Uprising was really the prelude to the Pilgrimage of Grace in Yorkshire--or one could say that both rebellions were focused on the same thing: the peoples' rejection of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell's dissolution of the monasteries.

Those executed for their participation in the Lincolnshire Uprising (and the Pilgrimage of Grace) have not been declared martyrs and their cause is still pending. The site lists those who suffered, including several monks, clergy, and lay people.

The site also includes the list of Lincolnshire martyrs, beatified and canonized, from the reign of Henry VIII to the Popish Plot under Charles II. It's a very beautifully illustrated site, featuring this banner from the canonization of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales in 1970:



  1. Thank you very much for highlighting this. It is early days, but we will be having a relatively large Mass for the Lincolnshire Martyrs and there is a short pilgrimage walk being organised on the same day. There is even now talk of organising the Louth Mystery Plays.

    I believe that you are in the U.S., but if you get a chance to see the BBC's Tudor Monastery Farm then it's definitely worth a look.

    I will have a look at your article on Pope Benedict legacy in England which looks interesting.

    I hope all is well, and thanks again.

    1. You're very welcome. I also hope that our PBS network will pick up the Monastery Farm series! Thank you.