May 1381A tax collector arrives at an Essex village, Fobbing, to find out why the people have not payed their poll tax: he is thrown out by the village.
Off to London!
June 1381Soldiers arriving in Fobbing to establish law and order. They too are thrown out and many other local villages in Essex join the rebels. One man emerges as the leader of the peasants, Wat Tyler from Kent.
I am Bishop Despenser: you will obey or be killed!
Shame on you!
7 JuneTyler and his followers take possession of Canterbury. There,they open Maidstone prison and liberate John Ball, a lapsed priest who has been arrested shortly before the Bishop of Canterbury. The rebels march toward London, attracting followers along the way.
Burn the Savoy!!!
Burn the hospital!
Burn John of Gaunt's house
10 JuneThroughout the country, peasants marched towards London. As the peasants from Kent march on to London, they destroyed tax records and tax registers. Buildings which house government records are burned down along the way.
11 June Peasants in Norwich rebel but many are killed by Bishop Henry Despenser in a bloody battle. Nearly 100,000 peasants arrive in London and wait to present their demands to the King.
12 JuneThe rebels get into the City of London when the people open the gates to them. They burn John of Gaunt's London Palace, the Savoy, along with Fleet Prison and the hospital of Saint John.