peasant revolt

peasant revolt

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  • I have to hide!
  • No way! This isn't fair!
  • Pay up!
  • Maybe we should go see the king.
  • We must go see the King himself, and tell him that peasants are not being treated fairly.
  • Follow me, Wat Tyler, to see the King in London!
  • We have come my lord to tell you that peasants are not being treaded fairly. If you do not make a change we will cause trouble for you.
  • In 1381, the introduction of the Poll Tax was the final straw for the peasants, who saw it as the rich trying to make their lives harder. Few peasants could afford the tax. When officials came round they hid or lied about the number in their families. In  1377 the tax was 4 pence, and in 1380 the tax went up to 12 pence!
  • Make a change!
  • One day Wat Tyler, a former soldier, told the peasants that the only way for the King to understand that the peasnats were being treated unfairly was that they had to go to London and explain. Soon enough Wat Tyler was made leader of the peasant revolt.
  • In 1381, Wat Tyler led all the peasants that were mad and angry to London to see King Richard. They would never stop until the King agreed to meet with them.
  • R.I.P Wat Tyler
  • The King finally accepted to have a meeting with Wat Tyler and his peasant army. Richard II  pardoned the rebels and gave them freedom. Thirty clerks wrote out pardons. Many rebels went home. Tyler and others broke into the Tower that night.
  • Richard met Tyler at Smithfield. Tyler now demanded there should be no lords and that church lands should be divided. Tyler was insulted and a fight broke out between Wat Tyler and the Mayor Walworth. 
  • Tyler was badly wounded by the Mayor Walworth. Tyler was taken to St. Bartholomew's hospital, but later dragged out and beheaded. Wat Tyler went down in history as one of the bravest leaders for the peasants.
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