Captain Cobbler

The Lincolnshire Uprising, 1536

Fiction - Historical - Personage
558 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2015
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Author Biography

Some years ago whilst reading an historical novel I saw mention of the Lincolnshire uprising against Henry Vlll which intrigued me because I am a Lincolnshire lad myself.

That intrigue turned to fascination when I discovered that the shoemaker who started it all off and became known throughout the land as Captain Cobbler was one Nicholas Melton, an ancestor of mine whose exploits had been lost to the family history.

I set out on a long journey to discover more about him and my researches led me to tell his story.

I used to run the Institute for Sustainable Development in Business at Nottingham Trent University, but I am now retired and live partly in England and partly in Brazil with my Brazilian wife Fatima.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Keith M. Melton’s Captain Cobbler: The Lincolnshire Uprising, 1536, is set in one of the most tumultuous times of King Henry VIII’s rule in England. As Chancellor Lord Cromwell abolishes monasteries throughout the Tudor kingdom and forces the King’s subjects to change their interpretation of the Bible, a shoemaker, a bishop and a sheriff are waging what will be dubbed in the future as The Lincolnshire Rising, 1536. This is also the year when the long suffering former Queen Catherine succumbs to illness, Anne Boleyn is executed, and Henry VIII’s bastard son dies in mysterious circumstances. As the story unravels in 1537, Nicholas, popularly known as Captain Cobbler, awaits his death in his cell in the Tower of London. This is his story.

Captain Cobbler: The Lincolnshire Uprising, 1536 by Keith M. Melton brings us back to the life and times of Henry VIII, England’s king and tyrant. So much has been written about Henry VIII and his cruel reign, but there is not enough material about England’s ordinary people who lived during this turbulent time in English history. Reading this book is a look at how an ordinary cobbler, in his determination to protect the treasures of the Church of Saint James, transforms himself into a leader of a rebellion that threatened the rule of the powerful Henry VIII and, in doing so, almost succeeded. Well researched and highly informative, Captain Cobbler is a very interesting read. Melton has obviously spent a lot of time and energy tracing the life of one of England’s unknown heroes. Highly recommended!