A hands-on history account of the first popular revolution, led by John Ball and Wat Tyler. At the beginning of the 14th century, the Black Death had killed more than a third of the population of England, and for the first time the peasants became people of value, for manpower was very short. It was the beginning of the end for the feudal system, but the nobility were determined to suppress any democratic rising and did so ruthlessly. The story is told from first-hand sources of contemporary chronicles and poetry. Historian: Douglas Hill. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
The Peasant’s Lot
- Suppression by the Law
- The Revolt Spreads
- The Nobles Strike Back
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
Page from psalter showing peasants working.
- Page from manuscript of “Piers Plowman.”
- Extract from Court Roll for 1373.
- Costume of peasants and nobility, with the statute of 1363
- John Ball’s sermon from the “Chronicon Angliae,” with
an illustration of Ball preaching.
- The death of Wat Tyler, an illustration from “Froissart’s Chroniques.”
- Poem on the death of Jack Straw.
- Map showing the main areas of rebellion and plan
of contemporary London.