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25 August – Kett’s Rebellion causes trouble

On this day in Tudor history, 25th August 1549, Robert Kett and his rebels launched an attack on the south side of Norwich and burned a number of buildings.

Kett's Rebellion lasted from July 1549 until the Battle of Dussindale on 27th August 1549, but what was it all about? What were the rebels' grievances?

Find out more about this rebellion in the reign of King Edward VI in today's talk.

Mr Worn and Miss Cust’s excellent blog article on the rebellion can be found at

Also on this day in history:

  • 1526 - Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley, daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke and wife of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was born. See my video at for more on this amazing and accomplished woman.
  • 1535 - Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII visited the Walsh family at Little Sodbury Manor in the village of Little Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, while on their progress to the southwest. The Walsh family were reformers, and had even once hired William Tyndale, a leading figure in the Reformation, a Bible translator and the author of “The Obedience of a Christen [Christian] Man”, as a tutor for their children.
  • 1538 – Death of Thomas Starkey, humanist and political theorist. He was buried in the chancel of St Mary's, North Petherton, Somerset. Starkey is known for his works, “Dialogue between Pole and Lupset” and “An Exhortation to the People Instructing them to Unity and Obedience”.
  • 1540 – Date traditionally given for the birth of Lady Katherine Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his wife, Frances (née Brandon), at Bradgate Park. Katherine was one of the sisters of Lady Jane Grey.
  • 1554 – Death of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, at Kenninghall.
  • 1557 – Death of Mary Howard (née Fitzalan), Duchess of Norfolk, at Arundel House, London. It is thought that she died of complications after childbirth. Mary was buried in St Clements without Temple Bar.
  • 1558 – Death of John Robins, clergyman, mathematician and astrologer, at Windsor. He was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. It is thought that Robins tutored Henry VIII in the subjects of mathematics and astronomy.
  • 1559 – Death of Sir Thomas Cawarden, courtier and Master of Revels to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I, at Horsley. He was buried in Bletchingley church.

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  1. R

    Kett’s oak is pointed out if you travel down to East Anglia, where he tried corrupt landowners and the local magistrates and corrupt officials. It probably wasn’t the actual oak but its old enough and in the approximate area.

    The government must have really been annoyed by these risings, the Western Rising or Prayer Book Rebellion, the Kett Rebellion which was a Protestant and a social rebellion. Read the article: really good, thanks.

    1. C - Post Author

      I’d love to visit the area and see the oak.

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25 August – Kett’s Rebellion causes trouble