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The Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549

Mon. 17 April 2023 at 7:00 pm

A Zoom talk presented by Mark Stoyle – Professor of History at Southampton University.

This lecture tells the story of the Western Rising of 1549 – the so-called ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’- which saw thousands of ordinary people in Devon and Cornwall rising up against the protestantizing religious reforms of the boy-king Edward VI. The talk will draw on new evidence to explore both the causes and the course of the rebellion. It will also consider the terrible consequences which ensued when the protestors were eventually crushed by a powerful royal army and will argue that the rising was the most catastrophic event to occur in Devon and Cornwall between the Black Death and the Civil War.

Mark Stoyle grew up in rural mid-Devon, and, after leaving school, worked for a time as a field archaeologist in Exeter. He is currently Professor of early modern History at the University of Southampton and has particular research interests in the British crisis of the 1640s; in witchcraft; in urban society; and in Tudor rebellions. He has written many monographs and scholarly articles and his latest book – A Murderous Midsummer: The Western Rising of 1549 – was published by Yale University Press in August 2022. 

Please book with the organiser (details below) by a day before the event. You will be sent a link to access the Zoom session.

This talk is part of The Devonshire Association Monthly Lecture Series – a programme of talks on a wide range of topics presented by informed and respected speakers throughout the year using Zoom technology.

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Mon. 17 April 2023
7:00 pm
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