The Peasant's Revolt

The Peasant's Revolt
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  • It's 1381 and the peasants are fed up. A new poll tax has been introduced and they can't afford it. The King has sent ruthless soldiers to collect it and there is no escape.
  • I cannot pay it, sir. I have to feed my family. Please forgive me, sir.
  • Where is the money you owe the King, you vile dog. You don't deserve to live!
  • A peasant called Wat Tyler calls a meeting proposing the idea of a revolt and puts himself forward as the leader.
  • There is no way that we, as peasants, are going to continue being bullied around like this. It has happened for 100s of years and can not continue. We must rise up against it.
  • This idea goes down well and many peasants agree to join. Plans are made and they set off on their march to London and to the King.
  • Wat Tyler put forward the demands, on behalf of the peasants. The King agreed to put them in place so Wat asked for a written agreement to be signed. The King told Wat Tyler that he would get it to him as soon as possible.
  • The way we are being treated is unfair. We, peasants, have drawn up a list of demands.
  • Certainly. The demands are fair. I will get a signed agreement to you as soon as possible.
  • Wat Tyler meets the King to find out where the written agreement is. 
  • Where is the signed agreement that we were promised? 
  • If you all go home, peacefully, I will sign the agreement. If you don't, I won't.
  • The peasants know they must go home, if they want the agreement to be signed. The begin the journey home.
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