My name is Wat Tyler. I have come to help. Where is everyone?
Today we gather more people in our crusade.
In 1381 King Richard II raised taxes to pay for his war with France, demanding 12 pence from everyone, rich and poor. The peasants could not and would not agree to this increase and decided to take a stand.
A priest called John Ball spoke to all and said it was his belief that all men are equal in the eyes of God and that this country won't be right until there is no difference between rich and poor.
Well done all.
Back to work on the fields tmorrow.
On 30 May 1381 the tax collectors arrived in Fobbing, Essex to collect the taxes, the peasants revolted,killing the collectors and starting their campaign to challenge the King. They started their march to London and collected more supporters on the way.
On 14 June 1381 King Richard II met with the peasants and Wat Tyler and agreed to make concessions and to give full pardons to the rebels.
The rebels returned to their villages, believing that everything was sorted.
Wat Tyler was not satisfied with what had been achieved,he approached the King wanting more, he was disrespectful and it cost him his life and that of the pardoned rebels as the King removed the pardons and ended the peasant revolt.