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The Black Death and Peasants' Revolt (Documentary History) by Leonard W. Cowie
Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381 by Rodney Hilton
British Orations by Ernest Rhys
Descendants of John & Sarah Ball and of William & Elizabeth Richards of Colonial Philadelphia County, PA by Margaret B. Kinsey
A Dream of John Ball by William Morris
A Dream of John Ball and A King's Lesson by William Morris
Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose by Kenneth Sisam
Great British Speeches: A Stirring Anthology of Speeches from Every Period of British History by Simon Heffer
The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Letters To My Grandchildren by Tony Benn
Lives of the Puritans, Vol. 2 by Benjamin Brook
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 by Philip Lindsay
Rebel Before His Time: The Story of John Ball and the Peasants' Revolt by Brian Bird
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones
When Adam Delved and Eve Span: A History of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 by Mark O'Brien
Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired by Benson Bobrick

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John Ball (died 1381): English preacher, although some are not sure that he was actually ordained. His message was socialist and egalitarian; he used as a catch phrase, "When Adam delved and Eve span, who then was the gentleman?" A letter to the peasants of Essex, purporting to be his, is extant. He was accused of being one of the ringleaders of Wat Tyler's Revolt in 1381, and was executed with torture in its aftermath.

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