Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15: Strikers Storm the Tower of London (Vol. 35, pp. 60-72)

On this day in 1381, a rebellion against the King of England, led by a man named Wat Tyler, was put down — but not before Tyler's ragtag rebels laid siege to the Tower of London, killed several of the King's ministers and generally terrorized the ruling monarchy. The details are in Jean Froissart's "Chronicles," a history of the Hundred Year's War between France and Britain in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Wat Tyler's Rebellion is portrayed by Froissart as a bad thing. Today, Tyler and his rebels would probably be called "premature anti-monarchists."

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