The peasants march on London!

Now that you know how the Peasant Revolt came about (you did read our last blog entry right?), you’ll get to learn about some of the protests and battles the peasants had with the nobility.

In June of 1381, rebels from the English county of Kent rallied behind Wat Tyler and marched on London to join the rebels from Essex. When the Kentish rebels arrived at Blackheath (a suburb in the southeast of London) on June 12th, a renegade priest named John Ball preached a sermon including the famous quotation “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?” In the meantime, the “Men of Essex” had gathered with Jack Straw at Great Baddow (a village in the county of Essex) and had marched on London.

However, instead of a full-scale riot, the peasants performed systematic attacks on certain properties, mostly those associated with John of Gaunt (the acting regent) and/or the Hospitaller Order.

Richard II meets the rebels

On June 14th, the young king himself supposedly met the rebels, and led by Richard of Wallingford, they presented him with a series of demands, including the dismissal of his more disliked ministers and the abolition of serfdom.

Now what were the king’s reactions to all of this? You’ll just have to wait until next week to find out the results of these negotiations.

Published in: on June 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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