Great Britain

1381 : the year of the Peasants' Revolt by Juliet Barker

By Juliet Barker

Written with the fluency readers have come to anticipate from Juliet Barker, 1381: The yr of the Peasants’ Revolt offers an account of the 1st nice well known rebellion in England and its history, and paints on a huge canvas an image of English lifestyles in medieval instances. Skeptical of up to date chroniclers’ bills of occasions, Barker attracts at the judicial resources of the indictments and courtroom lawsuits that the uprising. This emphasis deals a clean standpoint at the so-called Peasants’ rebel and offers intensity and texture to the ancient narrative. one of the book’s arguments are that the rebels believed they have been the dependable matters of the king appearing in his pursuits, and that the boy-king Richard II sympathized with their grievances.

Barker tells how and why a various and not going crew of standard women and men from each nook of England―from servants and workers dwelling off wages, in the course of the village elite who served as bailiffs, constables, and stewards, to the ranks of the gentry―united in armed uprising opposed to church and country to call for an intensive political time table. Had it been applied, this schedule may have reworked English society and expected the French Revolution through 400 years. 1381: The 12 months of the Peasants’ Revolt is a vital reassessment of the rebellion and a desirable, unique learn of medieval lifestyles in England’s cities and countryside.

Show description

Read Online or Download 1381 : the year of the Peasants' Revolt PDF

Best great britain books

Rick Steves' London 2014

You could expect Rick Steves to inform you what you actually need to grasp while touring in London.

With the self-guided excursions during this booklet, you’ll discover ancient sizeable Ben, bustling Trafalgar sq., and the Tower of London—home of the crown jewels. the way to store time and cash at the Tube, and the way to prevent the mobs on the altering of the protect. examine London’s world-class museums, the place you could hint Western civilization from the Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Van Gogh and Picasso. enterprise into Soho’s theater district for a glitzy musical or a scrumptious Indian dinner. finish a good day at an area pub, sharing a pint and a talk with a pleasant local.

Rick’s candid, funny recommendation will advisor you to good-value inns and eating places in pleasant London neighborhoods. You’ll methods to get round by means of bus and at the Tube, and which points of interest are worthy a while and cash. greater than simply reports and instructions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a journey advisor on your pocket.

The Reign of Arthur : from history to legend.

Did King Arthur rather exist? The Reign of Arthur takes a clean examine the early resources describing Arthur's profession and compares them to the truth of england within the 5th and 6th centuries. It provides, for the 1st time, either the hottest scholarship and a powerful case for the lifestyles of a true sixth-century British normal known as Arthur.

The Coroners of Northern Britain c. 1300–1700

For the final 800 years coroners were very important in England's criminal and political panorama, most sensible referred to as investigators of unexpected, suspicious, or unexplained demise. opposed to the heritage of the coroner's function in old England, this booklet explains how unexpected demise was once investigated by way of magistrates in Scotland.

Extra info for 1381 : the year of the Peasants' Revolt

Example text

As we shall see, shortage of manpower created opportunities for the ambitious and able to demand higher wages both in cash and in kind, to negotiate improved terms of employment (including better food), to exploit gaps in the market and to acquire more land. Greater availability of land and fewer mouths to feed also removed the pressure to grow crops in marginal land and encouraged its conversion from arable to pasture. Living conditions also improved. If there was ever any truth in the popular image of several generations of medieval peasant families living cheek by jowl with their animals in the cramped and squalid conditions of dark, windowless, smoke-filled and filthy hovels, it was no longer pertinent by Richard’s reign.

This was not expressed solely by attendance at the nearest church but by visiting shrines and holy places in England and overseas. The travails, dangers and expense of the journey were regarded as expiation for sin; indeed some pilgrimages were imposed by ecclesiastical and secular authorities as punishment for moral failings and even criminal acts. Other pilgrims voluntarily took up the scallop shells and staff that symbolised their status in order to find a cure for failing health, as an act of thanksgiving for recovery from sickness or, like Chaucer’s knight, for a safe return from campaign, or even, as two veterans of Agincourt would do, in fulfilment of vows they had made on the battlefield.

In a country ranging over fifty thousand square miles of land nowhere was more than seventy-five miles from the coast and a large network of navigable rivers reduced even that distance significantly. As a consequence both personal travel and bulk transportation of goods were often swifter, easier and cheaper than simply using roads, which had to be maintained to be effective, required both bridges strong enough to withstand heavy traffic and an abundant supply of horses and draught animals to cover any distance, and were frequently made impassable by bad weather or difficult terrain.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 34 votes