Peasants Revolt

Peasants Revolt

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  • No more taxes, it's not fair!
  • I am your leader Wat Tyler
  • In 1380, England was fighting a costly war. The King, Richard II, needed money from the peasants to pay for this. He introduced a new tax called Poll Tax.
  • Ok, but go home peace.
  • In June 1381, tax collectors came to Fobbing, Essex to collect overdue money. The peasants had had enough and decided to revolt. The villagers marched to London to speak to the King. They were led by an ex-soldier called Wat Tyler.
  • Wat Tyler freed a priest called John Ball from jail, and together they headed to London. They broke into the Savoy Palace, home of John of Gaunt (the King's uncle and advisor) and blew it up with gunpowder.
  • We won!
  • On the 14th June 1381, Wat Tyler and John Ball met up with the King at Mile End. At this meeting, the King agreed to give the peasants everything they wanted and asked that they go home in peace. 
  • On the 15th June 1381, the King met with Tyler and Ball again. During the talks Tyler stabbed the Mayor of London who hit back by killing Tyler. 
  • The death of Tyler and the king's promise, ended the revolt and the peasants went home. Poll tax was eventually scrapped and the king stopped trying to control their wages. 
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