We have captured Barnard Castle my friend! That ought to show Elizabeth! Now we shall wait for Philip to send over the Spanish mercenaries. Then, we shall restore Catholicism!
Fancy a trip to Scotland?
You never thought you'd actually get away with this, did you?
Elizabeth has summoned you to Court after hearing about rumours of trouble.
We have been loyal to our Queen! How dare you!
14th December 1569 - The rebels capture Barnard Castle, which is where the Crown's main stronghold lies. They also manage to capture Hartlepool, which is where they wait for Spanish forces that never arrive.
I've been duped!
Mid-December 1569 - The royal army is ready and 7,000 men set out to fight the 4,200 rebels. A further 12,000 men follow under the nobleman, Baron Clinton. Upon hearing news of a large army, Westmorland and Northumberland escape to Scotland.
We have captured Durham! Now, we shall do what us Catholics do best... Lets hold Mass!
Autumn 1569 - Sussex questions Northumberland and Westmorland about rumours of them causing trouble in the North. They claim to be loyal to Elizabeth and Sussex believes them. But Elizabeth isn't buying it and summons them to Court.
Guys... Let's get out of York...
7th - 9th November 1569 - Westmorland gathers his tenants at Brancepeth, near Durham. Sussex realises he's been played and informs Northumberland at Topcliffe. Church bells ring in Topcliffe signalling the start of the rebellion. Northumberland and his tenants travel to Brancepeth to join Westmorland
14th November 1569 - The rebels capture Durham. They celebrate by holding Mass in a cathedral, going directly against Elizabeth's aims supremacy and her subjects' uniformity.
Late November 1569 - Westmorland and Northumberland landed in the West of York. They hear a rumour that Sussex had a large army swiftly moving towards York causing them to retreat towards Knaresborough.