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Robert Kett

(d. 1549) rebel


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(d. 1549).

Kett showed more organizational skill than is usually found in peasant risings. He was a tanner and small landowner, holding the manor of Wymondham (Norfolk). Residual resentment over the dissolution of the monasteries, local feuds, and anger over enclosures sparked a riot in the town in the summer of 1549 which developed into a major rising. The insurgents set up camp for six weeks on Mousehold Heath, notable for the discipline which Kett imposed. After he had occupied Norwich, the government gathered a force under Lord Northampton, which the rebels routed. Three weeks later, a second force, stiffened by mercenaries, cut the insurgents to pieces at Dussindale. Kett was hanged at Norwich, his brother William at Wymondham.

Subjects: British History.


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