Bea Hopkinson wrote:
> Do you think they felt more free to object thirteen years after the
> without fear of their heads being chopped off!
No! Henry VIII was actually fairly laid back about some aspects of
religion, so long as he could ignore the Pope and get the loot. It was
Edward VI who got radical. The insistence that the Cornish used an
English prayer book made no sense at a time when many didn't speak English.
Since the result of the uprising was the death of about 5,000
Cornishmen, 11% of the overall population, and of course a higher
proportion from the Cornish speaking areas it had some very serious
consequences for Cornwall. 900 Cornish prisoners were killed by the
English at Clyst on the orders of Lord Russell.
Too many heads got chopped off for this event in Cornish history to be
funny, especially as it turned out to be one the major factors in the
decline of the language.