The End Of The Rebellion

Last time, the peasants met with the king and their leader, Wat Tyler, was murdered by one of the king’s knights. Richard deftly deflected the anger of the mob at seeing Tyler surrounded by the king’s men by shouting, “You shall have no captain but me”, and claiming he would knight Tyler.

After this, King Richard told the peasants to go to St John’s Fields (just outside of the city walls of London) and that Tyler would meet them there. However, the king broke his promise and tracked down the leaders with a hastily organized militia of 7000 men. Of course, the king’s militia didn’t just capture the leaders; they killed them as well.

After the revolt’s collapse, the king took back the promises he previously made to the peasants, and all of the peasants involved in the rebellion quickly disassociated themselves from all rebellious activity, lest they incur the king’s wrath. Again.

All in all, despite the name “Peasants’ Revolt”, participation in the revolt was not confined to just serfs or the lower classes. Some people of noble birth, such as William Tonge who opened the London city gate for the peasants, also aided the peasants. Even though the king successfully put down the revolt, it still showed that peasants can cause chaos, and after the revolt, kings no longer used the term “poll tax”.

Next week, we will talk more about some of the specific people involved in the revolt.

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

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