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Wyatt's Rebellion


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(February 1554)

A protest in England against Mary I's projected marriage to the future Philip II of Spain. Its leader was a Kentish landowner, Sir Thomas Wyatt (1521–54). Convinced that the marriage would turn England into ‘a cockleboat towed by a Spanish galleon’, he led 3000 Kentishmen in a march on London. The rebellion's ultimate aims are uncertain, as is the involvement of Mary's half‐sister, Princess Elizabeth, but it led to the execution of Lady Jane Grey. Wyatt found most Londoners' loyalty to Mary stronger than their antipathy to Spain. He surrendered, and was executed with 100 others.

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