Rebellion of Cade, Jack

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A popular revolt by the men of Kent in 1450, Yorkist in sympathy, against the misrule of Henry VI. Its leader Jack Cade, who is said to have been Irish, took the name Mortimer and marched triumphantly into London where his followers beheaded Say, the lord treasurer. After a fight on London Bridge, Cade retreated into Sussex where he was killed. He appears as a character in Shakespeare's Henry VI.

Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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