Durham Early Modern Group - Seminar Series; "Addicted to a Dacre": Leonard Dacre, the Rising of the North and the politics of rebellion (1569-70)
Leonard Dacre, the disinherited claimant to his family’s ancestral Cumbrian estates, played an ambiguous and contradictory role in the Rising of the North (1569). Instead of broader social or religious change, Dacre’s rebellion was firmly motivated by his personal ambitions. He was nevertheless able to raise a sizeable force of local tenantry to fight against government forces at the Battle of Hell Beck (1570). By examining Dacre’s actions and his local following, my talk will explore popular agency and political participation in what has traditionally been understood as a fundamentally aristocratic, personal rebellion.