The cornish rebellion and the battle of Blackheath

A couple of days ago I was out and about. I was crossing Blackheath when I came across this sign, in the wall between the heath and Greenwich park. It intrigued me: the plaque commemorated the Cornish rebellion of 1497 and the battle of blackheath, events which I had never even hear of. I just looked it up (insofar as you can call consulting Wikipedia looking something up): apparently it was a rebellion against high taxes. The poorly armed and poorly disciplined Cornish got as far as Blackheath before being encircled and crushed by henry vii. I find that incredible: it’s just down the road from here so I’ll probably look into this more; I might even go do some archaeological excavations of my own.

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