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ated jewels, and remained under arms all night to guard them for fear the royal commissioners should carry them off. On Monday morning one of the commissioners, who had n

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spicions, quietly rode into the town, followed by a single servant. All of a sudden the alarm-bell was rung, and a crowd of armed men filled the streets. The terrified commissioner ran into the church, hoping to find it an inviolable asylum; but the mob laid

hold of him, dragged him out into the market-place, and pointing a sword at his breast, said to him, 'Swear fidelity to the


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mons or you are a dead man.' All the town took an oath to be faithful to King, Commons, and Holy Church. On Tuesday morning the alarm-bell was rung again; the cobbler and

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ailor named Big Jack marched out, followed by a crowd of men, some on foot and some on horseback. Whole parishes, headed by their priests, joined them and marched with the rest. The monks prayed aloud for the pope, and cried out that if the gentry did not join them they should

all be hanged; but gentlemen and even sheriffs united with the

tumultuous troops. Twenty thousand men of Lincolnshire were in arms. England, like Germany, had its peasant revolt;[421] but while Luther was o

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pposed to it, the archbishop of York, with many abbots and priests, encouraged it in England. The insurgents did not delay proclaiming their grievances. They declared that if the monasteries were restored, men of mean birth dismissed from the Council,[422] and heretic bishops deprived, they would acknowledge the king as head of the Church.[423] The movement {205} was got up by the monks more than by the pope. Great disorders were committed. The court was plunged into consternation by this revol

of the con

no standing arm


y, felt his weakness, and his anger knew no bounds. 'What!' he said to the traitors (for such was the name he gave them), 'what! do you, the rude co

s of one shire, and that one of the most brute and beastly of the whole realm, presume to find fault with your king? Return to your homes, surrend

er to our lieutenants a hundred of your le

aders, and prepare to submit to such condign punishment as we shall think you worthy of; otherwise you will expose yourselves, your wives and


children, your

lands and goods, not only to the indignation of God, but to utter destruction by force and violence of the sword.' Such threats as these only se

rved to increa

se the commotion. 'Christianity is going to be abolished,' said the priests; 'you will soon find yoursel

ves under the

sword of Turks! But whoever sheds his blood with us shall inherit eternal glory.' The people crowded to

them from all quarters. Lord Shrewsbury, sent