The Pilgrimage of Grace uprising of 1536

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The Pilgrimage of Grace uprising of 1536, while primarily a religious movement, also  involved agrarian unrest. Some of the rebels were poor farmers who were angry at the  government for not doing enough to stop the enclosure of lands–which continued  despite the prohibitive legislation–or to stop the raising of rents. That same year saw the  passage of the Poor Law in Parliament, which addressed the problem of vagrancy, the  outstanding social problem of the day. In theory, the government took on responsibility  for the downtrodden and the victims of society, though in practice many poor folks still  fell through the cracks and were not helped. Henry considered his subjects to be not only the people of England, but also the people  of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Wales had been for the most part subdued by Henry's  medieval predecessor, King Edward I, but Henry's government engaged in efforts to 
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