The Peasants Revolt
to the Tudors
The Peasants' Revolt, Wat Tyler's Rebellion, or the Great Rising of 1381 was one of a number of popular revolts in late medieval Europe and is a major event in the history of England.
Tyler's Rebellion was not only the most extreme and widespread
insurrection in English history but also the best-documented popular
rebellion ever to have occurred during medieval times. The names of
some of its leaders, John Ball, Wat Tyler and Jack Straw, are still familiar in popular culture although little is known of them.
The revolt later came to be seen as a mark of the beginning of the end of serfdom in medieval England, although the revolt itself was a failure. It increased awareness in the upper classes of the need for the reform of feudalism in England and the appalling misery felt by the lower classes as a result of their enforced near-slavery.