History DocumentariesThe Peasant’s Revolt began in the 1340s after The Black Death had swept through England, killing between a third and half of the population. The huge death toll led to a severe shortage of labour and agricultural workers were in a position to demand better treatment and higher wages from their landlords. Resentment among the workers was simmering when, between 1377 and 1381, a number of taxes were levied to finance government spending. This prompted a violent rebellion known as the Peasants’ Revolt. A large group of commoners rode on London, storming the Tower of London and demanding reforms from the young King Richard II.
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