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SUNDAY SCREENING: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 (2004)

This week’s documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE. 

This investigative documentary is part dramatic reenactment and part historic analysis, looking for answers as to how a medieval peasant army was able to launch a successful rebellion against the young King Richard II. It’s a story for the ages -about how a group of medieval peasants nearly upended the ruling class. The Peasants’ Revolt, also known as “Wat Tyler’s Rebellion,” was a major uprising which spread across large parts of England in 1381 over high taxes imposed on the lower classes, as the crown struggled to fund its long-running conflict with France during the Hundred Years’ War. The rebels sought a reduction in taxation, and more importantly demanded an end to the caste system of serfdom. Watch: 

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Run time: 96 mins
Written by Tony Robinson and David Willcock
Produced and directed by Kashaf Choudhry
Timeline Documentaries – Produced by Spire Films for Channel Four (2004)

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