Peasants Revolt

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Assignment Two – HIST 304 | The Peasant’s Revolt and The Decline of Serfdom | Why did the Peasants’ Revolt Occur? Did the insurgents hope to abolish serfdom? How and why did serfdom decline and eventually disappear in England, notwithstanding the failure of the 1381 uprising and other influences of lower class protest against social inequality and injustice? |

Naomi Woods Student 297278812/22/2011 |

The Peasants Revolt is one of the most well known revolts of Medieval England, the revolt began as a local revolt in Essex in May of 1381, but it soon spread throughout the South East of England affecting many smaller towns along the way and having the biggest impact on London when the people turned their grievances towards the young
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Whatever the real story is to how he came to be a part of the revolt, people must have trusted and seen something in Straw that said he could help them, as they followed him from a Churchyard through the streets of Essex causing destruction as they moved. The Peasants Revolt was not just confined to London, it spread to many other places in England. Each town had their own reasons for the starting of the Revolt.
“The Peasants of Essex (as mentioned above) demanded the abolishment of serfdom among other things.
The Peasants of Kent demanded there be no lordship in but the lordship of the king and that the goods of the church be divided among the Parishioners, and that there be no villein in England.
The tenants of the Abbey of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, besieged the abbot, insisting on their rights to hunt in the woods, fish in the river, grind their own corn at home, and sell land among themselves.
The tenants of Buy St. Edmunds, Suffolk, broke into the abbey and for a time extorted their liberties from the abbot.
In Winchester, Hampshire and Beverly and Scarborough, Yorkshire, the unprivileged rose against the privileged.”
(History of England, Page 176-177)
According to Frossiart “at Canterbury the rebels entered the Church of St Thomas where they did

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