The Pilgrimage of Grace started on the 13th of October after the failure of The Licolnshire Rising. Robert Aske, a lawyer, was chosen to lead the rebellion.
Robert Aske led people into York and occupied the city. On the 20th of October, the Pontefract Castle was surrendered to the rebels.
There were many reasons for the rebellion, Robert Aske was angry at the Dissolution of the monasteries while a lot of the ordinary rebels were angry at the large amounts of taxation
On the 26th of November, Aske and the rebels meet with the Duke of Norfolk, the king had promised Norfolk that a Parliament in York would be held in the near future. The rebels gradually began to disperse.
However, the royal promises were not kept and on the 16th of January, a renewed rebellion broke out led by Sir Francis Bigod in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The King had many key leaders and individuals arrested. Aske was executed and hanged with chains to the walls of York Castle.