The Commotion Time

Tudor Rebellion in the West, 1549

E.T. Fox

A military history of the armies and campaigns of the Norfolk and Western rebellions of 1549.
Date Published :
September 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Retinue to Regiment
Illustration :
32 b/w ills & photos, 11 maps, numerous tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118792
Pages : 230
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


In 1549, two major rebellions and several minor uprising occurred spontaneously throughout England. In East Anglia, Robert Kett, aggrieved at the abuses of enclosure, laid siege to Norwich until defeated by Royal forces at the bloody battle of Dussindale. At the same time, thousands of commoners of Devon and Cornwall rose up against the introduction of the English-language Book of Common Prayer and the systematic destruction of their traditional faith. Like Norwich, Exeter was besieged throughout the long summer until, in a brutal campaign by government forces and hired foreign mercenaries, the rebellion was finally suppressed.

Previous histories of the rebellions of 1549 have explored their causes in great depth, but little attention has been given to the military history of the campaigns. Yet the mid-Tudor period rests on the cusp between a medieval form of warfare and the new emerging ideas that defined warfare in the early-modern period, making the battles of 1549 of crucial importance in understanding the transition between the two. In this book Dr E.T. Fox explores how the ‘medieval’ rebels of the Devon and Cornwall militias fared against the German pikemen and Italian arquebusiers the government sent against them.

About The Author

E.T. Fox is an historian who has spent the better part of a decade researching the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549 and exploring the battlefields of the rebellion and the landscape in which it occurred. He was awarded his Master’s degree and doctorate in history by the University of Exeter, and regularly lectures on a variety of historical topics in both academic and public settings. Dr. Fox is the author of eleven other books and numerous articles. He is a regular contributor to film and television documentaries. Dr. Fox is also a keen warbow archer and in his spare time likes to explore churches in search of Reformation-era architecture and fittings. He lives in Devon, near the border with Cornwall, with his family and two stupid dogs.


"The author writes very well, and has used contemporary archives and muster rolls to give a convincing picture of likely troops and engagements, supported by useful battlefield sketches and photos and set within a full profile of the social, economic and religious background."

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