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In May 1381, a tax collector arrived at the Essex village of Fobbing to find out why the people there had not paid their poll tax. He was thrown out of the village.
After doing this, the villagers marched on London to plead with the young king to hear their complaints. One man had emerged as the leader of the peasants – Wat Tyler from Kent. As the peasants from Kent had marched to London, they had destroyed tax records and tax registers. They got into the city of London because the people there had opened the gates to them.
WHO MADE HIM LEADER?
FREEDOM FOR PEASANTS.
MEET US AT MILD END. WE NEED TO TALK.
On June 14th, the king met the rebels at Mile End. At this meeting, Richard II gave the peasants all that they asked for and asked that they go home in peace. Some did.
WHAT! WE WANT MORE!
WE WANT TO BE FREE TO BE PAID AND NO POLL TAX!
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