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5.Peasants Revolt
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1381

An exploration of the role of the peasantry in medieval political life, and of the dramatic events of the year 1381. (8.75 mins)

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1. The attack on Cressing Temple in Essex: the start of the Peasants Revolt.
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2. A protest about taxation soon becomes something more. The peasants question their powerlessness.
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3. Long term causes: peasants empowered in the labour shortage that followed the Black Death.
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4. The peasants march on London - and confront the boy king Richard II at Blackheath.
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5. The final showdown at Smithfield... and the aftermath.

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The first half of the module was shot at Cressing Temple, a medieval moated farmstead in Essex, which is worth a visit. The two 13th century barns, built by the Knights Templar, are truly impressive. And there's a charming 16th century 'paradise garden'.


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The rest of the story was shot in London, at the Tower of London and Smithfield Meat Market.

(If you're anywhere near Smithfield, pop into St Bartholemew's Church - without question the finest Norman church in London).

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