Strength in numbers

King  Richard II speaking with the peasants
14-year-old king “negotiates” with the rebels

On this day in 1381, the many revolted against the few in two counties east of London. They wanted the same things we want today: equality under the law, a voice in their government, more equitable wealth distribution. Most of all, the farmers didn’t want to pay tax to support the King’s wars.

The revolt was put down by trickery and terror. 14-year-old King Richard II promised an end to the feudal/serf system, but then sent his soldiers to massacre the revolutionary leaders and an arbitrary cross-section of followers.

The many have fought against the few again and again, and this year will certainly be a turning point—one way or the other.

Article from BBC

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