Kett's Rebellion 1549:
In 1549 there was a high level of social discontent with small and medium scale rebellions breaking out across the kingdom. Smaller uprisings occurred not just in the Northern counties such as Yorkshire but in counties closer to London such as Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. Kett's Rebellion was one of the two major uprisings to break out in 1549 ( the other being the Western Rebellion).
A high number of people involved in Kett's rebellion were local Yeoman or Artisans along with the commons.
Series of Events:
- A Norfolk lawyer John Flowerdew from Wymondam had quarrelled with the local commons over the enclosure of land that they believed that they had the right to use. Also Flowerdew claimed the rights to local land that had previously belonged to the lcoal monestary whihc included the church. The commons wanted to use the church however Flowerdew was going to knock it down. To protest, after the festivities of the local feast day in early July Flowerdews fences were torn down by the angry commons.
- Flowerdew tried to turn the protest against another local landowner, who had also enclosed land and whom he had quarreled with over the use of the church, Robert Kett.
- Robert Kett symphathised with the rebels and took up leadership of them.
- The supporters led by Kett marched on Norwich, gaining support on the way and arrived by the 10th of July.
- They were refused entry to the city and set up camp on Mousehold Heath. By this point there were around 16,000 men involved in the rebellion.
- The rebels drafted a list of grievences (The Norfolk Articles) which was sent to Somerset.
- The rebel camp at Mousehold Heath was orderly and organised with little sign of violence.