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East Anglia – although there was wider outbreak across England.
|Leadership||Robert Kett, Norfolk Yeoman. Led Common rebellion.|
|Causes||Enclosures (main cause)
Somerset’s commission – alienated the Gentry, Isolated himself &encouraged the commons.
Bad Local government – JPs allowing Gentry to abuse position and power.
Actions of Landlords – engrossing, rack-renting, foldcourse
Social & Economic problems – unemployment, inflation,
Religious causes – resentment against the dissolution of the monasteries; those in poverty were no longer able to access support.
|Aims/Motives/ Demands||29 articles.
* To stop enclosure
* To improve social and economic problems.
* To gain better government
* To stop the corruption of local gentry
* Concern over the education of the clergy.
|Key Events/ Outcomes||10-12 July – Rebels camp at Mousehold heath
14-15 July – Other rebels form at Downham Market and Ipswich
21 July – government pardon offered in return for dispersal
22 July – rebels take over Norwich
30 July Royal Army led by William Parr arrives at Norwich and offers a pardon
31 July – Rebels overrun Norwich again
8 August – France declares war on England
23 August – Royal army arrives under Warwick
24 August Earl of Warwick enters Norwich
26 August – Arrival of additional 1000 Mercenaries; rebels supply lines cut; rebels move to Dussindale
27 August – Rebels defeated at Dussindale
7 December – Kett hanged.
Kett raises a large force (16,000 men), caims Norwich but the rebellion is crushed by Warwick. Kett and 300 rebels were executed (sign of how frightened the government were). Somerset falls from power.
|Somerset’s mistakes/ Successes||Mistakes
Slow government response.
Sending mixed messages and encouragement to the Rebels
Moving to Dussindale
Kett was not a military man
|Threat to Somerset’s Government||Threat
Weak government response
Rebels were powerful
Weak government because Edward was a minor.
Wasn’t directed at the king.
Lacked gentry and noble support.
Did not coordinate with the Western Rebels