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The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674368149

Publication Date: 11/24/2014


528 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

28 color illustrations, 3 maps

Belknap Press

Not for sale in the UK, Commonwealth (except Canada), Europe, and the Indian Subcontinent

Barker’s book is a thorough and workmanlike study…offering a close look at what things were actually like.—Eric Christiansen, The New York Review of Books

Brilliant… [Barker] gives a richly detailed account of the England of 1381 based on painstaking detective work, and resurrects from obscurity the ordinary men and women who enflamed the country for a few weeks in June.—Ben Wilson, The Times

Juliet Barker has written a splendid account of the events of 1381 and their wider context, enlivened with many arresting anecdotes… Throughout the book, Barker challenges conventional assumptions about the uprising. She stresses how little is actually known of the alleged leaders of the revolt.—David Carpenter, London Review of Books

Barker’s thorough, clear-eyed and intelligent new volume adds much to the field: packed with vivid pen portraits of the rebels and the men they hunted, and with several interesting new arguments about key figures and moments in the rebellion… She succeeds in painting a vivid and exciting portrait of a country in angry upheaval. It is as timely subject matter as ever.—Dan Jones, The Sunday Times

The events of 1381 have long fascinated historians… In her deeply researched and exceptionally well-illustrated book, Juliet Barker indeed tells the story, but unpicks many of the assumptions behind it.—Tom Shippey, Books & Culture

An accomplished historian, Barker has produced a carefully researched, vividly narrated account of the most serious and widespread popular uprising in English history, the so-called Peasants’ Revolt of 1381… Barker’s portrait of England in the era of the great uprising shows how the exploitation of the majority of the population by the rich and powerful elite finally became intolerable to those who believed themselves to be oppressed, and the socioeconomic tension produced an explosion… This is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in late medieval English history.—A. C. Reeves, Choice

In this excellent in-depth examination of the Peasants Revolt in England at the time of Richard II, Barker shatters the popular image of grubby serfs armed with pitchforks challenging authority. Using the many records of the time, Barker establishes the background to the revolt, distinguishing individual actors rather than seeing ‘the peasants’ as a unit… Barker details the course of the revolt from the agitators’ initial success in getting concessions from Richard II through its ultimate failure. Fascinating and informative, Barker’s authoritative analysis of this medieval crisis takes on a haunting resonance in the modern day.Publishers Weekly

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