Norwich, Norfolk, England - 1549 - Norwich besieged by Kett's Rebellion
Kett's Rebellion took place in the summer of 1549. It started off in Wymondham after a small group of peasants got together to protest against rich robber barons who had stolen the common land, leaving the peasants to starve.
Led by Robert Kett, the peasants marched 10 miles into Norwich and gathered on Mousehold Heath, attracting the support of the poorer people of Norwich.
Some 15,000 rebels eventually gathered here and their pitched battles against government forces on the streets of Norwich led to a national crisis...
Hundreds of peasants were killed and 300 were captured and executed in Norwich.
Kett himself was imprisoned and later hanged from the battlements of Norwich Castle.
www.bbc.co.uk/ norfolk/ your/ a-z_norfolk/ a-z_ketts.shtml
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