Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

Synopsis

Rodney Hilton's account of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 remains the classic authoritative text on the 'English Rising'. Hilton views the revolt in the context of a general European pattern of class conflict. He demonstrates that the peasant movements that disturbed the Middle Ages were not mere unrelated outbreaks of violence but had their roots in common economic and political conditions and in a recurring conflict of interest between peasants and landowners.Now with a new introduction by Christopher Dyer, this survey remains the leading source for students of medieval English peasantry.

Excerpt

'We pray that all bonde men may be made ffre for god made all ffre w his precious blode sheddyng.'

From a petition by Robert Kett and his followers, at Mousehold Heath outside Norwich, 1549 (printed in Kett's Rebellion in Norfolk; being a history of the great civic commotion that occurred at the time of the Reformation in the reign of Edward VI by F.W. Russell, 1859, p. 51). This clause, though late in date, epitomizes the chief desire of rebellious serfs throughout medieval Europe.

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