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Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt…

Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 (2009)

by Dan Jones

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A bit thin, even for popular history. The narrative is coherent but moves at such a pace, and the book is so short, that the impact of the rebellion is somewhat lessened. ( )
  hatpin | Jun 17, 2018 |
Summer of Blood by Dan Jones is an expertly written account of the Peasants Revolt of 1381 when the oppressed, disease and poverty stricken commoners of southeast England rose up in brutal rebellion. Prompted by yet another burdensome parliamentary poll-tax to fund England’s continental military ventures, the disgruntled local populace banded behind the magnetic idealism of Wat Tyler and John Ball. With all-encompassing demands of equality and justice they marched on London, bringing the entire English establishment to its knees with wanton murder and destruction until the young Plantagenet King Richard II and his closest advisors had finally had enough – launching ruthless and swift retribution. The author shows true passion for his chosen field of study and particularly this episode of history. He provides vivid descriptions of the events as they unfolded and also of life in fourteenth century Europe. ( )
  adamclaxton | Mar 16, 2013 |
An enjoyable account of the events of the bloody Summer of 1381 when large scale unrest erupted in London, Kent, Essex, East Anglia and as far north as Yorkshire. Under the leadership of Wat Tyler, John Ball and Jack Straw the common people of England demanded equality and the end of villeiny but instead received bloody reprisals. Jones retells the events in a highly readable way and his analysis of the effects of the rebellion on the young and impressionable King Richard are insightful. ( )
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In 1390 John Gower, the Kentish landowner and poet, reflected at great and gloomy length on the state of the world he saw around him.
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Re-evaluation of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. Dan Jones brings to life the squalor, drama and complex hierarchies of life in the 14th century. He examines village life and the failings of government from the perspective of the revolt's key players. Originally published: 2009.… (more)

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