A thousand or more angry demonstrators converged on the precinct of St Martin-le-Grand church, north of St Paul’s Cathedral, on the evening of 30 April 1517. They were united by their frustration at the large numbers of foreign residents in the City, which had swelled in recent years. St Martin’s was a ‘liberty’. In other words, an enclave under direct ecclesiastical authority and exempt from control by the Common Council of London.
"Hard-headed." "Thick-skulled." They can be amusing euphemisms for being stubborn, but they won't protect anyone from concussions. Matt Peters was in the Terra Linda High School gym during basketball practice when a teammate accidentally elbowed him in the head last year. "I fell to the floor and I felt dizzy," Peters recalled.