The struggles for power between the craft guilds and patricians dominated the county of Flanders to such an extent that there had been three major revolts between 1302 and 1359. The common punishment for the defeated party was banishment from the county. The main reason for this was to remove political opponents in order to carry out reforms, which usually lasted until the return of exiles. This paper will explore to what extent the aforementioned reforms were maintained even after the return of exiles and considered as progressive for 14th-century Flanders.
Although there is a significant body of scholarly writing on Kett’s rebellion, none of it has explicitly explored the spatiality of the rebel actions. By looking at the semiotic resonance of Mousehold Heath and Norwich as both places and juxtapositions of places and then examining the way in which those places were used and framed, this article seeks to outline how the Norfolk rebels projected their pleas for social and economic reform and the restoration of nostalgic common rights and obligations.