The Peasants' Revolt: England's Failed Revolution of 1381

The Peasants Revolt England s Failed Revolution of The Peasants Revolt was the greatest mass rebellion in British history Throughout June and July men and women from as far afield as Yorkshire Norfolk and London rampaged across the coun

  • Title: The Peasants' Revolt: England's Failed Revolution of 1381
  • Author: Alastair Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780752429656
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Peasants Revolt was the greatest mass rebellion in British history Throughout June and July 1381, 60,000 men and women from as far afield as Yorkshire, Norfolk, and London rampaged across the country in response to the attempted collection of the hated Poll Tax Towns such as London, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, and St Albans witnessed enormous disturbances in whichThe Peasants Revolt was the greatest mass rebellion in British history Throughout June and July 1381, 60,000 men and women from as far afield as Yorkshire, Norfolk, and London rampaged across the country in response to the attempted collection of the hated Poll Tax Towns such as London, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, and St Albans witnessed enormous disturbances in which local rivalries became enmeshed in the broader movement of resistance The risings produced highly charismatic leaders, including William Grindecobbe, Wat Tyler, and John Wrawe The King of Suffolk , although the rebels did not have a monopoly on charisma The most dynamic personality of the entire revolt was the semi psychotic Henry Despenser, Bishop of Norwich, who converted his household into a miniature army.

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    • Perhaps you will be more familiar with England's Failed Revolution of 1381 if I call it by a name that is more familiar to we American school-goers, Watt Tyler's Rebellion. In The Peasant's Revolt, Dunn touches on a topic that is mostly glossed over in American History courses. He discusses the causes for and touches on the consequences of a near overthrow of the English governmental system. As the feudal system struggles to maintain a foothold in an England that is ever approaching an industria [...]


    • William Grindecobbe, Wat Tyler, and John Wrawe (“The King of Suffolk”)are some of the charismatic leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt, the greatest mass rebellion in British history. Throughout June and July 1381, 60,000 men and women from as far afield as Yorkshire, Norfolk, and London rampaged across the country in response to the attempted collection of the hated “Poll Tax.” Towns such as London, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, and St Albans witnessed enormous disturbances in which local an [...]


    • Dunn's book gives an excellent sense of the Uprising as a national event, with outbreaks as far apart as Scarborough and Gloucester as well as the well known events of Kent, Essex and East Anglia. He also shows how the revolt led to the ruling class, riven as it was by antagonism and rivalries, coming together to fight the lower orders. But as with other accounts what shines through is the determination of the ordinary people to fight for a better world. In the midst of the uprising, in places l [...]


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