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Monument to Robert Aske
Jul 7 2012, 7:25 AM EDTI do not know of any monuments in Yorkshire, but in the church where he was born in Aughton there is a 6 quartered family memorial telling a relative to recall the events of 1536. I have never even noticed anything more than a curt historical reference even at Clifford's Tower and he is not given any honour at the castle at Skipton or anywhere else. He seems to be something of an enigma rather than a hero. Mind you he will not be wanted to be remembered by his relatives the Clifford's as he held and threatened to rape Lady Eleanor Clifford, nee Brandon and his men also did the same to Katherine Parr.
He would not be recognised as a martyr but for the fact that the rebellion was a religious one and he seems to have been a ruffian and a rogue. He was not a family man and he would have used all the violence that he could had it been needed to get his message across. He did die and stand up to protect the Catholic Church but there is not much call even from his home town to have a memorial. I did recently read a campaign in 2009 for a local historian to get a plaque put up at Clifford Tower and that would be appropriate, but do not know if he succeeded. He should be given a historical memorial at least, even if he is not honoured with a statue. Come to think about it there is a plaque in Clitherow, but I am not sure where I saw it to the Pilgrimage itself and several other memorials around the place, but like everything you have to look carefully. 3 out of 3 found this valuable. Do you?
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