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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2022 9:56 p.m. PST

" On this day in 1381, Richard II and his entourage killed Wat Tyler, one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt at Smithfield in London. I do like a bit of revolution, and as Wat (son of = Watson) is one of the derivations of my surname (albeit my family hail from Scotland), I have always felt a bit of affinity with Wat Tyler.

There were several causes of the revolt, including unpopular laws restricting the ability of labourers to move around the country seeking higher wages and the Poll Tax to finance the war against France. The Radical History channel has a fun YouTube video that is worth a look. All of these measures were viewed as hitting the lower orders more than the noble lords. The revolt broke out in Essex and quickly spread to Kent and parts of Norfolk and Yorkshire. The main events took place in London, where the 'commoners' gained support from the working class and some of the richer citizens. On Tower Hill, the rebels (this group led by a woman) beheaded five men, including The Chancellor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. You can read the time line and a good summary on the History Extra website…"

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35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 5:13 a.m. PST

Kings Advisor: "Sire! The peasants are revolting!"
Richard II: "You can say that again!"

Couldn't resist.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 7:08 a.m. PST

Sire….the nobles are complaining that the moat is full of scum…King: well..tell them the peasants have as much right to swim there as they do….

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 7:09 a.m. PST

Sire…the peasants are demanding the rightto beararma…

King: well…rip off their sleeves then….

Badabing….I'm here till Thursday…don't eat the beef!!

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 7:51 a.m. PST

A knight walks up to a peasant on a bridge.

The peasant is happily humming to himself… twenty six…. twenty six…. twenty six….

The knight asks the peasant what he humming about, and the peasant calmly answers that the knight should look down the bridge to find out. So the knight bends over the bridge and looks down into water, just as the peasant kicks him into the water.

The peasant continues humming to himself… twenty seven…. Twenty seven

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 3:13 p.m. PST



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