The Yorkshire Rebellion of 1489 was spurred by money, to put it quite simply. Henry VII was on the throne at the time, and had just upped taxes to assist Brittany in the region’s efforts to maintain its independence within the old historic France.

This prompted a great deal of resentment across the country, but the tax was particularly unwelcome in Yorkshire, where Brits had been hit by a poor harvest. So basically, they didn’t give two hoots about keeping control of Brittany when they were facing their own struggles at home, and can you blame them? When it became clear the king was serious about the tax, gentry leader Sir John Egremont led the furious rebels in a revolt. They even managed to kill the Earl of Northumberland before being broken up by royal troops, which is when Sir John Egremont fled to France with his life.

Because he wasn’t a complete tyrant, Henry VII travelled to Yorkshire and issued pardons for a large number of locals who were involved in the uprising. As a result of his actions, Henry was pretty well liked in the north – though he failed to collect the region’s taxes for the Brittany cause. You can’t have it all though, right?