Peasants' Revolt


Peasants' Revolt
In 1381 a rebellion in response to government efforts to collect a much-disliked *poll tax, set at one shilling per man, confined largely to Kent and Essex, whose inhabitants marched on London, led by Wat Tyler. Jack Straw was named as one of the leaders, but that was most likely a pseudonym of Tyler's. They attacked the *Savoy, John of Gaunt's palace, and decapitated the archbishop of Canterbury. In June they were met by the young King Richard II, at Smithfield, where Tyler was killed. The Peasants' Revolt was part of the general disturbance of the 14c, which had begun with bad harvests, followed by the *Black Death in 1348.

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  • Peasants' Revolt — n. the first great popular rebellion in English history (1381), caused by the imposition of an unpopular poll tax: it lasted less than a month and failed as a social revolution * * * or Wat Tyler s Rebellion (1381) First great popular rebellion… …   Universalium

  • Peasants' Revolt — n. the first great popular rebellion in English history (1381), caused by the imposition of an unpopular poll tax: it lasted less than a month and failed as a social revolution …   English World dictionary

  • Peasants' Revolt — noun Wat Tyler s rising of 1381 • • • Main Entry: ↑peasant …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peasants' Revolt — The Peasants Revolt, Tyler’s Rebellion, or the Great Rising of 1381 was one of a number of popular revolts in late medieval Europe and is a major event in the history of England. Tyler s Rebellion was not only the most extreme and widespread… …   Wikipedia

  • Peasants' Revolt — Die Peasants’ Revolt von 1381 war der größte Bauernaufstand im mittelalterlichen England. König Richard II. trifft die Aufständischen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Peasants Revolt — Die Peasants’ Revolt von 1381 war der größte Bauernaufstand im mittelalterlichen England. König Richard II. trifft die Aufständischen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Peasants’ Revolt — Die Peasants’ Revolt von 1381 war der größte Bauernaufstand im mittelalterlichen England. Ursachen König Richard II. trifft die Aufständischen. (Darstellung aus dem 15. Jahrhundert) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Peasants' Revolt — Peasants Re|volt, the a protest in 1381 involving large numbers of English ↑peasants, who were angry about unfair social and economic conditions and about high taxes. They formed an unoffical army, led by Wat Tyler, and marched to London, where… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Peasants’ Revolt — an incident in 1381 when the peasants (= poor farmers) of Kent and Essex marched to Canterbury and then to London to protest at their conditions of life and the harsh taxes they had to pay. They occupied several major buildings, including the… …   Universalium

  • Peasants Revolt — rebellion of farmers in southern Germany as a result of economic hardship (1525) …   English contemporary dictionary


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