They rose in order to fight for their own rights, liberties and land.
The republic of Venice was respected in her liberties and Lombard territories.
This feeling was fostered by its many confirmations, and in subsequent ages, especially during the time of the struggle between the Stewart kings and the parliament, it was regarded as something sacrosanct, embodying the very ideal of English liberties, which to some extent had been lost, but which must be regained.
It was a borough by prescription as early as 1201, in which year King John granted the burgesses a charter of liberties according to the custom of the burgesses of Northampton.
But this violent and perilous upset of the internal liberties of the republic did not last long.