Lovell and Stafford 1486
An uprising led by Lovell and the Stafford brothers against Henry VII. Both Lovell and the Stafford Brothers sought to gain social standing, political power and wealth, from deposing Henry from the throne and re-instating the Family York. Humphrey Stafford together with his younger brother, Thomas, and Richard III’s great friend, Francis Lovell, following Richard III defeat at Bosworth, left their sanctuary in Colchester. The Stafford’s successfully entered Worcester, due to the failures of the authorities to provide an adequate guard. They urged their men to ride north with all speed to ‘assist Lovell in the destruction of Henry VII’, it all came to nothing. The king found that ‘rumours were distilling into facts’ and sent a force westwards. Stafford fled to Culham in Oxfordshire. The brothers’ sanctuary, however, was violated by a force of sixty men. Stafford was condemned to a traitor’s death. His younger brother was pardoned.
April 1486 Lord Lovell decided not to risk open rebellion and escaped to Burgundy, the Stafford brothers fled into sanctuary. The failures of Lovell was simple, on the 22nd April 1486 Lovell fled to Burgundy after losing faith in their plan. As Henry had mass support, there was little support for the Stafford brothers and they lacked confidence to enact their proposed revolt. The arrest prompted a series of protests toward the Pope about breaking sanctuary this resulted in a Papal bull which limited the rights of sanctuary, excluding it completely in cases of treason. It showed that Henry was strong in dealing with prospective revolts against him, it showed that the majority were still happy with Henry and were willing to provide support by not rising up against him.
Lambert Simnel 1486-87
Lambert Simnel was the 12 year old son of an Oxford joiner who was trained to impersonate the Earl of Warwick, a Yorkist claimant to the throne.
When Henry VII seized the throne...