Peasants Revolt


1381 May Start of the Peasant's Revolt
   Essex villagers resisted tax collection; beginning of the Peasant's Revolt in England.
Jun 7 Peasant's Revolt reaches Maidstone
   The Kentish section of the Revolt reached Maidstone where they were joined by Wat Tyler who became their leader. They released John Ball from the church prison.
Jun 10 William Courtenay becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
   William Courtenay became the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Jun 10 Peasant's Revolt reaches Canterbury
   William Courtenay was elected the new archbishop of Canterbury by the Kentish rebels who crowded into the church. The previous archbishop was in London with the king and was to be beheaded by the rebels. The Essex section of the revolt burnt and sacked a Hospitaller commandery that had previously belonged to the Templars called Cressing Temple.
Jun 11 Rebels move towards London
   Both the Kentish and the Essex rebels move towards London.
Jun 12 Rebels reach London
   The Essex rebels reach Mile End near Aldgate and the Kentish rebels reach Southwark.
Jun 14 Richard meets the rebels
   Richard II negotiated with the rebel peasants at Mile End, London. At the same time a group of rebels entered the Tower and Archbishop Simon of Sudbury, Sir Robert Hales and other officials were killed. Disturbances also started in St.Albans.
Jun 15 Watt Tyler killed
   Richard II again met the rebels, at Smithfield; they demanded the confiscation of church land; Watt Tyler was killed and the rebels dispersed; the Prior of Bury St.Edmunds was executed by the townspeople; University property was attacked in Cambridge (-17.6).
Jun 16 Rebellion elsewhere
   The English rebellion spread to Norfolk and (19.6) Somerset; Sir John Cavendish murdered by rebels.
Jun 17 Rebellion again
   Norfolk rebels entered Norwich and (18-26.6) were repelled by local landowners, led by Henry le Despenser, bishop of Norwich; the bishop met the rebels (26.6) at North Walsham and captured their stronghold; rebel attacks occurred at Peterborough Abbey and Dunstable priory, and in Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire.




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