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The Poll Tax, Part 2: The Peasants’ Revolt is sparked

A continuation of The Poll Tax, Part 1: The Cupboard is Bare. By the Parliament of 1380, the Commons were up against the wall. The government under the new Chancellor Sudbury was desperate for money. In France, the earl of … Continue reading

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The Poll Tax, Part One: The Cupboard is Bare

  Although the poll tax was said to have been used all the back to ancient times, it’s most widely remembered in relation to the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. According to Wikipedia: “The word ‘poll’ is an archaic term for … Continue reading

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King John and the French invasion of England

    “The whole land was covered with these limbs of the devil like locusts, who assembled to blot out everything from the face of the earth; for, running about with drawn swords and knives, they ransacked towns, houses, cemeteries, … Continue reading

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The Lost Coronation Of King Richard III

The coronation that took place on Sunday 6th July 1483 was, only a fortnight earlier, unplanned. London was prepared for a coronation, that of King Edward V on 22nd June but that was fated not to take place. Edward had … Continue reading

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Top 10 Shocking Assassinations That Changed Medieval History

Europe in the Middle Ages was a bloody place, where poisoning wells and massacring your enemy’s peasants was considered an acceptable mode of warfare. So it is no surprise that Medieval kings and queens often resorted to assassination to get … Continue reading

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