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The Second Cornish Uprising is the name given to the Cornish uprising of September 1497 when the pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck landed at Whitesand Baymarker, near Land's Endmarker, on 7 September with just 120 men in two ships. Warbeck had seen the potential of the Cornish uprest in the 1st Cornish Rebellion of 1497 even though the Cornish had been defeated at the Battle of Blackheath on 17 June 1497. Warbeck proclaimed that he would put a stop to extortionate taxes levied to help fight a war against Scotlandmarker and was warmly welcomed in Cornwallmarker. His wife, Lady Katharine, was left in the safety of St Michael's Mountmarker and when he decided to attack Exetermarker his supporters declared him ‘Richard IV’ on Bodmin Moormarker. Most of the Cornish gentry supported Warbeck's cause after their setback previously in June of that year and on 17 September a Cornish army some 6,000 strong entered Exeter before advancing on Tauntonmarker.

Henry VII sent his chief general, Giles, Lord Daubeney to attack the Cornish and when Warbeck heard that the King's scouts were at Glastonburymarker he panicked and deserted his army. Warbeck was captured at Beaulieu Abbeymarker in Hampshire were he surrendered. Henry VII reached Taunton on 4 October 1497 were he received the surrender of the remaining Cornish army. The ringleaders were executed and others fined an enormous total of £13,000. 'Richard’ was imprisoned, first, at Taunton, then in Londonmarker, where he was ‘paraded through the streets on horseback amid much hooting and derision of the citizens’.On 23 November 1499 Warbeck was drawn on a hurdle from the Towermarker to Tyburn, Londonmarker, where he read out a ‘confession’ and was hanged.


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