Peasants' Revolt

(3364 words)

Historical Context Essay


The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 is renowned for the meeting of Richard II and Wat Tyler at Smithfield, where a common man dared to make demands to a king of England. The revolt itself lasted for just a few weeks, yet the event has left an indelible impression upon the common imagination as the most serious revolt that occurred in medieval England. Thomas Walsingham (a monk of St Albans) wrote: “At about this time the kingdom of England suffered – as a chastisement for its sins – a great and unexpected calamity not experienced by previous ages.” Other contemporary chroniclers depicted the event as both violent and irreverent. Henry Knighton stated: “Neither fearing God nor revering the honour of mother church, they pursued and …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Davis, James. "Peasants' Revolt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=838, accessed 29 August 2015.]