This was one of the most serious risings on behalf of the old religion during the Tudor period. Thomas, earl of Northumberland, and Charles, earl of Westmorland, mustered a rebel army in the northern counties and gained initial success. The rebels carried the catholic banner of the five wounds of Christ, destroyed English bibles and Elizabethan Books of Common Prayer, restored traditional altars, and celebrated mass in Durham cathedral. The rising was suppressed by troops under Lord Sussex. Westmorland escaped into exile but Northumberland was beheaded.
Subjects: British History.