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Myths and Legends
Kett sitting under the oak at Wymondham
© Courtesy of Wymondham Museum
A tale of two Ketts

You might not think of Norfolk as a hotbed of rebellion, but it was here that in the summer of 1549 high prices and land enclosures sparked off the last, large, popular revolt in southern England.

One man in particular was thrust into the spotlight by this unrest - Robert Kett. Still a household name in Norfolk today, Kett was an unlikely leader of rebellion. A middle-aged yeoman farmer and tanner, Kett’s real grievance was with the local gentry, and not with the government. Although Kett lost his life in the rebellion, his name lived on in local legend - a legend that has, however, been the subject of revision over the years. Initially demonised by the local gentry, in more recent times he has been reclaimed by Norwich as a local hero and symbol of the city. More...

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