Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 14th secular

Richard II, 1377-1399
- grandson of Edward III, aged 10 when he becomes king - because of the high taxes caused by the war, there were outbreaks of violence 
- 1381, the Peasant’s Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, who demanded reforms - Richard promised to make the reforms, dispersed the crowds, then went back on his promises and had Tyler executed 
- by 1399, taxes were even higher, and when Richard tried to accuse his political opponents of treason, he was captured and thrown into prison where he died  

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