Perhaps you will be more familiar with England's Failed Revolution of 1381 if I call it by a name that is more familiar to we American school-goers, WPerhaps you will be more familiar with England's Failed Revolution of 1381 if I call it by a name that is more familiar to we American school-goers, Watt Tyler's Rebellion.
In The Peasant's Revolt, Dunn touches on a topic that is mostly glossed over in American History courses. He discusses the causes for and touches on the consequences of a near overthrow of the English governmental system. As the feudal system struggles to maintain a foothold in an England that is ever approaching an industrialized economy, citizens from all walks of life took to the streets and country roads in an attempt to sieze back what they felt belonged to them since the Doomsday Book had been first recorded.
Dunn makes it clear that this revolution went far beyond the scope of a rebellion that could be pinned down as belonging to one man, such as Watt Tyler. His clear description of multiple uprisings over a broad geographical area all occuring at the same time makes plain the case for this near successful revolution. Dunn contends that it was this lack of a unified effort and disjointed goals that caused the grater revolution that might have been to fail.
Truly a good read for anyone interested in finding out more about a topic that give insight into the collective personality of the nation of England....more