Peasants' Revolt

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  • The statute of labourers in 1351 passed at the end of the Black Death to stop the peasants taking advantage of the shortage of workers and demanding more money.
  • Ok . But first can we talk about the wages
  • Hurry up. Work faster you lazy man.
  • In Essex a tax collector tried, for the third time in four years, to levy a Poll Tax. The war against France was going badly, it was the governments 'last straw'.
  • The king has demanded for a poll tax. Everyone has to pay
  • But this is the third in 4 years!
  • Some peasants entered the Tower itself. Whilst in the Tower, some rebels took the Archbishop of Canterbury. They then dragged him onto Tower Hill and executed him.
  • On 15 June, the 14-year-old king, Richard II, met the rebels' leader Wat Tyler. William Walworth, the Lord Mayor of London, attacked and killed Tyler.Richard stepped forward and promised to abolish serfdom.
  • You never listen to what we say
  • If you go home I will promise to abolish serfdom
  • The peasants went home, but later government troops toured the villages hanging men who had taken part in the Revolt.
  • The end
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