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Today In Labour History: June 13 1381, Wat Tyler leads March of English peasants to London

Jun 13, 2011General News

June13 1381, Wat Tyler leads March of English peasants to London

Life wasn’t easy for the common man in 14th century England; the term “taxed to death” was often a reality. The peasants had no legally enforceable rights and lived under the rule and control of the so-called “upper” classes who ignored the suffering of those who made up the huge majority of the population.

 When a tax collector physically abused the daughter of Wat Tyler he had had enough, and, as so often happens in history, one solitary action set off a mass movement, and this one would be known as “Wat Tyler’s Revolt” read about it here http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/England-History/WatTyler 


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