Peasants Revolt


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The peasants revolt is the one of the first signs of democracy and justice we see in the UK. It is when the survivors from the black death who view themselves, now, as important, stand up to the King. They think that the black death was caused by God and so the were seen as special as they were the survivors. God obviously favoured them. The king then put up ridiculous taxes and 'important people shouldn't pay that' so a revolt was started.

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  • I just CAN'T believe how unfair the king is being. We nosed to do something about it. I won't put up with it a second more!!!
  • I know it is SOOOOO unfair!!!
  • WE WANT THE KING!!!!!!!!
  • The king angered his people as he introduced a poll tax which was two weeks worth of wages. The peasants especially didn't like it now as they believed that because they had survived the black death, they were special!!!
  • So they wanted to do something about it. So on the 15th June 1381 the true action of the revolt started.
  • About 50,000 peasants marched down to London and demanded the king. It was lead by a man called Wat Tyler. The king at the time was only 14 years old.
  • •Even though the King said he wouldn't be, Wat Tyler was killed by his side. As he died, he screamed for his army to attack but this never happened as a deal was reached.
  • Wat Tylers severed head was stuck on a spike and displayed as a warning of what a treitor comes to.
  • Peasants went on their daily life but this was the first indication of democracy, a public voice and movement for the good of the people. Other cases that we would see in the future would be the suffragettes, the racial movement like Rosa Parks to shape the world into what we see today.
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