Peasant's Revolt 1381

Peasant's Revolt 1381

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  • I can't belive you're making us pay this!?!?!? In fact, I REFUSE!!!
  • Fobbing, Essex
  • Here in the village of Fobbing, the peasants are tired of their low wages, no power and now the unfair poll tax. Then, the peasants outright refused to pay and murdered 3 out of the 4 tax collectors. Word spread and soon collectors all over Essex and Kent were also murdered.  The revolt had begun...
  • Ahhhh..... You're... Killing... Me... I... Will... Avenge... You...
  • Led by their chosen leader, Wat Tyler, 60,000 peasants armed with scythes and pitchforks marched to London. On the way, they opened prisons and burned down the houses of the rich (especially manor houses which often contained important documents). They also blew up John Gaunt's (a hated advisor's house). They then arrived in London.
  • What do we want? Justice and freedom! When do we want it? Now!
  • London
  • King Richard II sent a message to Wat Tyler, asking to meet up. They met at Mile's End and the peasants bowed down to the King, saying that they did not have anything against him but they wanted fairer taxes, better wages, power and freedom. Surprisingly, the King agreed to everything they asked for. 
  • We do not have a problem with you, Your Majesty but with your advisors. We want fairer taxes, better wages, power and freedom
  • I agree
  • Mile's End
  • The Tower of London
  • Meanwhile, things were getting out of hand. Another group of peasants had broken into the Tower of London, something which had never been done before. They dragged out the Archbishop of Canterbury and one of the King's advisors and publicly executed them, sticking their heads on spikes on the London Bridge.
  • Smithfield
  • The King decided he must talk with Wat Tyler and he decided to meet with him at Smithfield. Then one of the people with the King got annoyed and started a fight with Wat Tyler who was killed. After that, it looked like battle was going to break out again but the King regained the situation by telling the crowd to obey him only.
  • How DARE you?
  • All you. Obey me and only me
  • The King did, in fact, change his mind and the leaders of the revolt were found and killed.  It felt like a complete failure, but...  Things did eventually change for the peasants. They could work for the best wages they could and were given freedom by their masters. 
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