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From Traitor to Folk Hero

From Traitor to Folk Hero

Kett’s Rebellion was a revolt by thousands of peasants in Norfolk in response to the enclosures of the common land by the local landowners. Robert Kett who was himself a farmer of means became the leader of an army of about 20,000 farm workers which camped for 6 weeks outside Norfolk. In fact the “camp men” as they were called outnumbered the population of Norwich, the second largest city in England at that time. The rebellion was the most serious of a number of uprisings in Cornwall, Norfolk, Kent, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire that threatened the status quo in the 1540s during the reign of Henry VI. Continue reading →

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