Against: Evaluation of the threat of Kett's Rebellion

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  • Kett's rebellion didn't pose a threat to Edward VI's government
    • The rebellion was put down eventually and order was restored.
      • Although social order was challenged, it didn’t break down entirely. 
        • Meaning there was hope of restoration and the end of the rebellion.
      • Although the rebels were hostile to the local gentry of East Anglia, they didn’t resent that there was a hierarchy in Tudor society.
        • They didn’t want an end to the system of rank and status. 
    • The rebels saw themselves as loyal subjects.
      • They had no intention of overthrowing the monarch; just wanting to bring some change to the government.
        • They saw themselves as drawing their rulers’ attention to the greed and corruption of local individuals. 
      • They chose to stay in their camps and didn’t march on London as the Cornish rebels did in 1497. 
        • This meant that they didn’t threaten the central seat of government which would’ve been dangerous at such a time of social and political tension.
    • The government sent reinforcements led by a competent military commander, the Earl of Warwick.
      • 1,000 mercenaries arrived to provide back-up work for Warwick. 
        • Warwick succeeded in cutting off the rebels’ line of supply and Kett’s leadership to started to waver at Dussindale.
      • The rebels weren’t trained fighters and couldn’t match the professional soldiers in a pitched battle. 
      • The Earl was fortunate that Kett made decisions which made the rebels more vulnerable to attack
        • E.g. moving camp from Mousehold to Dussindale
    • Robert Kett made some mistakes.
      • He moved his force to a less well defended position at Dussindale and was overrun by a cavalry charge
        • 3,000 men were killed at Dussindale.
      • He held back the rebels from negotiating with the government.
        • Their attack on Norwich was the point at which the rebellion was  seen as treason,
          • This led them to not being able to take the opportunity to bring some change.
            • Shows the lack of effectiveness of Kett's tactics.


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