Kett’s Demands Being in Rebellion
|f. 75v| We pray your grace that where it is enacted for Inclosyng that it be not hurtfull to suche as haue enclosed saffren groundes for they be gretly chargeablye to them and that ffrome hensforth noman shall enclose eny more.
We certifie your grace that where as the lordes of ther manours
byn byn Charged with certen ffre rent the same lordes
hath sought meanes to charge ther ffreholders to pay the same
rent contrarye to right.
We pray your grace that no lord of no mannor shall comon uppon the Comons.
We pray that prestes frome hensforth shall purchase no londes
neyther ffre nor Bond and the londes that they haue in
possession may be letten to temporall men as they
byn wer in the ffyrst yere of the reign of kyng henry the vijth.
We pray that Rede ground and medowe grounde may be at suche price as they wer in the first yere of kyng henry the vijth.
We pray that all marshysshe that ar holden of the kynges maiestie by ffre rent or of eny other may be ageyn at the price that they wer In the ffirst yere of kyng henry the vijth.
We pray that all Busshelles within your realme be of one stice that is to sey to be in mesure viij gallons.
|f. 76r| [W]e pray that [any prest] or vicars that be nat able to preche and sett forth the woorde of god to hys parissheners may be clerely putt from hys benyfice and the parissheners there to chose an other or elles the pateron or lord of the towne.
We pray that the paymentes of castillward rent and blanche fferme and office landes whiche hath byn accostomed to be gathered of the tenamentes where as we suppose the lordes ought to pay the same to ther balyffes for ther rentes gatheryng and not the tenantes.
We p⟨r⟩ay that noman vnder the degre of a knyght or esquyer kepe a dowe howse except it hath byn of an ould anchyent costome.
We pray that all ffreholders and copieholders may take \the/ profightes
of all comons and ther
lordes to comon and the lordes not to comon
nor take profightes of the same.
We pray that no ffeodarye within your sheres shalbe a counceller to eny man in his office makyng wherby the kyng may be trulye serued so that a man beeng of good consyence may be yerely chosyn to the same office by the comons of the same sheyre.
that copie your grace to take all libertie of lete into
your owne handes wherby all men may quyetly enioye ther comons
with all profightes.
We pray that copiehould londes that is onresonable rented may
go as it dyd in the ffirst yere of kyng
her henry the vij and
that at the deth of a tenante or of a sale the same landes to be
charged with an esey ffyne as a capon or a resonable […]ss
some of money for a remembraunce.
|f. 76v| We pray that a prest sh[all be a chaplaine] nor no other officer to eny man of honor or wyrshypp but only to be resydent vppon ther benefices wherby ther paryssheners may be enstructed with the lawes of god.
We pray thatt all bonde men may be made ffre for god made all ffre with his precious blode sheddyng.
We pray that Ryvers may be ffre and comon to all men for ffysshyng and passage.
We pray that no man shalbe put by your Eschetour and
ffeodarie to ffynde eny office vnles he
be holdeth of your
grace in cheyff or capite aboue x li by yere.
We pray that the pore mariners or ffyssheremen may haue
the hole profightes of ther ffysshynges
in this realme as
purpres grampes whalles or eny grett ffysshe so it be
not preiudiciall to your grace.
We pray that euery propriatorie parson or vicar havyng a benifice
of x li or more by yere shall eyther by themselues or by some
other parson teche pore mens chyldren of ther parisshe the
Boke called the
p cathakysme and the prymer.
We pray that it be not lawfull to the lordes of eny mannor to purchase londes frely and to lett them out ageyn by copie of court roll to ther gret advaunchement and to the vndoyng of your pore subiectes.
We pray that no propriatorie parson or vicar in consideracon of advoydin[g] trobyll and sute bet⟨w⟩yn them and ther pore parisshners whiche they daly do procede and attempt shall from hensforth take for the full contentacon of all the tenthes which nowe they do receyue but viij d of the noble in the full discharge of all other tythes.
|f. 77r| [We pray that no man] vnder the degre of es[quyer] shall kepe any conyes vpon any of his owne ffrehold or copiehold onles he pale them in so that it shall not be to the comons noysoyns.
We pray that no person of what estate degre or condicion he be
shall from hensforth sell the adwardshyp of eny chyld but
that the same chyld if he
lyf lyve to his full age shalbe
at his owne chosyng concernyng his marriage the kynges
wardes only except.
We pray that no
matter mannor of person havyng a mannor of his
owne shall be non other lordes balyf but only his owne.
Item We pray that no lord knyght nor gentleman shall haue
or take in ferme any spirituall promocion.
We pray your grace to gyve lycens and aucthorite by your gracious comyssion under your grett seall to suche comyssioners as your pore comons hath chosyn or to as many of them as your maiestie and your counsell shall apoynt and thynke mete for to redresse and refourme all suche good lawes statutes proclamacions and all other your procedynges whiche hath byn hydden by your Justices of your peace Shreues Escheatores and other your officers from your pore comons synes the ffirst yere of \the reign of/ your noble grandfather kyng henry the seventh.
We pray that those your officers
which \that/ hath offended your grace and your comons
and so provid by the compleynt of your pore comons do gyue
onto those pore men so assembled iiij d euery day so long as
they \haue/ remayned ther.
We pray that no lorde knyght esquyer nor gentleman do grase nor fede eny bullockes or shepe if he may spende fforty pou[nds] a yere by his landes but only for the provicion of his howse.
By me Rob’t Kett Thomas Cod
By me Thomas Aldryche