The Peasant's Revolt

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My History Homework Due: 2/2/16 Made: 26/1/16

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  • It's no use! I can never collect any of these taxes.
  • WE WANT FAIRER TAXES!
  • WE WANT TO HAVE FREEDOM! BE FREE AND EQUAL!
  • It is the 30 May 1381, when a tax collector tried, for the third time in four years , to collect poll tax. The amount was the same for everyone regardless for what their income or occupation was. The war was with France was going badly and the government's reputation was damaged. The tax was the 'last straw'.
  • I promise to abolish the system of serfdom.
  • OK!
  • The peasants weren't only protesting against the government. Since the black death, poor people had become increasingly angry that they were still poor peasants. They were demanding that all men should be free and equal, less harsh laws and fairer wealth distrubution
  • Soon two armies of peasants from Essex and Kent were in revolt. They coordinated their tactics by letter. They marched on London , where they destroyed the houses of government ministers. They also had a clear set of political demands.
  • On 15 June , the 14-yr old King, Richard II, met the rebels' leader Wat Tyler. William Walworth attacked and killd Tyler. Before the rebel army could retaliate, Richard stepped in and promised to abolish the system of serfdom.
  • The peasants went home, but later government troops toured the villages hanging men who were part of the revolt.
  • Although the revolt was defeated, -its demands less harsh laws,money for the poor, freedomand equality-all becomes part of the democracy.
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