Title

Concerning Peasants: The Economic Causes of the English Peasants’ Revolt of 1381

Date

6-1-2017 11:15 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 11:30 AM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Department

History

Session Chair

Elizabeth M. Swedo

Session Title

History Senior Thesis presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elizabeth Swedo

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The Black Death had left England in turmoil and in dire need of labor. This shortage of labor created a long trend of events beginning with Parliament passing the Statute of Laborers that ended with the Peasants’ Revolts of 1381. Historians have considered many different factors that contributed to the Peasants’ Revolt, arguing it could have been caused by social tensions or tensions with the church and those who believe the Revolts stemmed from economic problems focus mainly on the short term economic issues created by the three poll taxes issued four years before the revolt. My goal in this paper is to discuss the idea that the economic issues leading to the Peasants’ Revolt began with the Statute of Laborers, issued in 1351. The English Parliament issued edicts to make up for the lack of labor and a struggling economy that created discontent among the population of England which led to the revolt. Examples of the economic struggles of the peasants can be seen throughout the which was written at St. Mary’s Abbey in York and covers the years 1333-1381. It describes the short term moment of the revolts that can be connected to long term ideas of this paper.

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Jun 1st, 11:15 AM Jun 1st, 11:30 AM

Concerning Peasants: The Economic Causes of the English Peasants’ Revolt of 1381

WUC Columbia Room

The Black Death had left England in turmoil and in dire need of labor. This shortage of labor created a long trend of events beginning with Parliament passing the Statute of Laborers that ended with the Peasants’ Revolts of 1381. Historians have considered many different factors that contributed to the Peasants’ Revolt, arguing it could have been caused by social tensions or tensions with the church and those who believe the Revolts stemmed from economic problems focus mainly on the short term economic issues created by the three poll taxes issued four years before the revolt. My goal in this paper is to discuss the idea that the economic issues leading to the Peasants’ Revolt began with the Statute of Laborers, issued in 1351. The English Parliament issued edicts to make up for the lack of labor and a struggling economy that created discontent among the population of England which led to the revolt. Examples of the economic struggles of the peasants can be seen throughout the which was written at St. Mary’s Abbey in York and covers the years 1333-1381. It describes the short term moment of the revolts that can be connected to long term ideas of this paper.