Post-classical history

England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381

England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381

The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages. The same highly successful techniques she deployed inAgincourt and Conquest will this time be brought to bear on civilian society, from the humblest serf forced to provide slave-labour for his master in the fields, to the prosperous country goodwife brewing, cooking and spinning her distaff and the ambitious burgess expanding his business and his mental horizons in the town.

The book will explore how and why such a diverse and unlikely group of ordinary men and women from every corner of England united in armed rebellion against church and state to demand a radical political agenda which, had it been implemented, would have fundamentally transformed English society and anticipated the French Revolution by four hundred years. The book will not only provide an important reassessment of the revolt itself but will also be an illuminating and original study of English medieval life at the time.


Chapter 1. The end of an era

Chapter 2. The state of the nation

Chapter 3. Landlords and tenants

Chapter 4. Urban society

Chapter 5. Wars and taxes

Chapter 6. Resistance

Chapter 7. Essex and Kent arise

Chapter 8. To London

Chapter 9. Mile End

Chapter 10. Smithfield

Chapter 11. St Albans and Bury St Edmunds

Chapter 12. Ely, Huntingdon and Cambridge

Chapter 13. Norfolk

Chapter 14. North and south

Chapter 15. Suppression

Chapter 16. The aftermath

Chapter 17. The legacy

Appendix 1 - Wat Tyler

Appendix 2 - Jack Straw

Appendix 3 - John Balle

Appendix 4 - John Balle’s letters




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