The Tudor Society

20 October – Pontefract Castle surrenders, but all is not as it seems…

On this day in Tudor history, 20th October 1536, Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy, owner of Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, yielded his castle to the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace. However, all was not as it seemed, as Darcy and others on the castle were actually sympathetic to the rebel cause.

Find out more about the situation at Pontefract Castle in October 1536, the letters Darcy wrote to King Henry VIII, and what happened on the night of 19th October and morning of 20th October, and why Darcy came to a sticky end, in today's talk.

For more on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion, see:

October 4 - The Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion is underway!

October 19 - Henry VIII gets tough on rebels

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