Peasants' Revolt

Peasants' Revolt

3 Episodes

The 14th Century is often called the worst century in the whole of British history - plague, war and famine! And amidst all this chaos, the first recorded act of public rebellion in English history sent revolutionary ripples across the entire medieval world. This uprising is remembered as the “Peasants Revolt” of 1381, but now History Hit’s medieval expert, Matt Lewis, looks beyond the ancient propaganda in this new 3-part series which reveals the previously unknown stories of the ordinary folk of the Peasants Revolt. Matt and the History Hit team have been working closely with investigative historians from the groundbreaking 1381 Project, The People of 1381 who have found documents that highlight the revolt as the first popular manifesto for a better society.

These films reveal that this extraordinary rebellion lit the flames of revolutionary change stretching across the whole of England and beyond, reverberating far past those hot summer days of 1381.

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Peasants' Revolt
  • Peasants' Revolt - Part One: Rise of the Rebels

    Episode 1

    The 14th Century is often called the worst century in the whole of British history - plague, war and famine! And amidst all this chaos, the first recorded act of public rebellion in English history sent revolutionary ripples across the entire medieval world. This uprising is remembered as the “Pe...

  • Peasants' Revolt - Part Two: London's Burning

    Episode 2

    In part two we investigate the fiery and frenetic days following 13th June 1381. With huge numbers of peasants having gathered around London... things were about to turn violent.

    We follow their footsteps as they cross London Bridge and enter the city. Destruction starts quickly as they begin t...

  • Coming Soon: Peasants' Revolt - Part Three

    Episode 3