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The Confession of Jack Straw

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Ursula LeGuin said about this book: "In most novels about the Middle Ages, the deck is all face cards. Jack Straw is rare and admirable in its uncompromising, unpatronizing identification with a peasant—an intelligent, vulnerable man caught up in the dream of equality that flared into the Peasant Revolt. The novel lets the reader stand at that crossroads of politics and my ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Black Heron Press (first published May 1991)
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Shomeret
After reading Judenstaat, I was curious about what else Zelitch had written and came across this book dealing with the English Peasant Revolt in the 14th century. I'd never read any historical fiction dealing with this event, and I've always been interested in it.

My own readings in history have shown me that every well intentioned revolution or revolt has been corrupted or co-opted for far less high-minded purposes. It neither surprised nor disappointed me that the same thing happened to the Pe
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Peter
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great historical novel from 1990, ostensibly the confession of Jack Straw, one of the participants in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Straw’s story is invented, with his life in Gravesend, his crippled sister, Jenny, and his time as a companion to the real heretical preacher, John Ball. An unjust imprisonment leads him reluctantly to join with Wat Tyler and the known consequences. No anachronisms and a superb rendition of the time, with the effects of plague and social change central but some co ...more
Miriam Seidel
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack Straw, a legendary leader of the English Peasant Revolt of 1381, speaks his own story as he transforms from a naïve villager to someone who questions, and then attacks, the received order of his time. I felt embedded in another world here—struggling along with Jack Straw (his nom de guerre) to follow events larger than he is, and at the same time fully awake to the sensory reality of his world, given a dreamlike vividness through Zelitch’s language. It’s a powerful read, laying out Zelitch’ ...more
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