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Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

Rodney Hilton

The Peasants' Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler, was the first popular uprising in British history. Centred around the counties of South East England and rebelling against legislation to fix minimum wages, it was driven by agricultural labourers and the urban working classes but quickly gathered momentum to encompass artisans, villeins and the destitute. Although it lasted only a month before defeat, it was a major turning point in early British history and heralded by many historians as the emergence of British working-class consciousness and political activism.

Rodney Hilton's superb account of these events remains a classic and widely read and admired since its first publication. Locating the revolt in the context of European class conflict, he argues that the peasant movements that disturbed the Middle Ages were not mere unrelated outbreaks of violence, but had their roots in common economic and political conditions and in a recurring conflict of interest between peasants and landowners - one that has endured through the ages.

This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by Phillipp R. Schofield.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: May 1st, 2024
  • Pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032641959
  • Categories: Teaching - Subjects - Arts & HumanitiesEurope - Great Britain - Norman Conquest to Late Medieval (1

About the Author

Rodney Hilton (1916-2002) was Professor of Medieval Social History at the University of Birmingham, UK, and one of the leading medieval historians of his generation.

Praise for this book

"Rodney Hilton is generally recognised as the greatest authority on these topics in the English-speaking world." - The Guardian

"... a titan in the field of medieval economic and social history." - The Economic History Review