Post-classical history

Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381

Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381

Revolt and upheaval in medieval Britain by a brilliant new narrative historian, ‘Summer of Blood’ breaks new ground in its portrayal of the personalities and politics of the bloody days of June 1381.

The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 is one of the most dramatic and bloody events in English history. Starting with village riots in the Essex countryside, chaos rapidly spread across much of the south-east of England, as tens of thousands of ordinary men and women marched in fury to London, torching houses, slaughtering their social superiors and terrifying the life out of those who got in their way. The burning down of Savoy Palace, home to the most powerful magnate in the realm, marked one of the Revolt’s most violent episodes.

The Peasants’ Revolt has remained an underexplored period of history. In revisiting the bloody events of 1381, Dan Jones has brought back to glorious life the squalor, drama and complex hierarchies of a society that until now seemed almost too distant to imagine. His examination of village life and the failings of government from the perspective of the Revolt’s key players is both intellectually stimulating and compulsively readable.

Vivid, atmospheric and beautifully written, this is historical writing of the highest quality.

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FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

Part I

Chapter 1. PARLIAMENT

Chapter 2. LANCASTER

Chapter 3. COLLECTIONS

Chapter 4. A CALL TO ARMS

Chapter 5. A GENERAL AND A PROPHET

Part II

Chapter 6. BLACKHEATH

Chapter 7. THE TRUE COMMONS

Chapter 8. THE BRIDGE

Chapter 9. FIRST FLAMES

Chapter 10. UNDER SIEGE

Chapter 11. WAR COUNCIL

Chapter 12. MILE END

Chapter 13. THE TOWER

Chapter 14. THE RUSTICS RAMPANT

Chapter 15. CRISIS

Chapter 16. SMITHFIELD

Chapter 17. SHOWDOWN

Part III

Chapter 18. RETRIBUTION

Chapter 19. THE BISHOP

Chapter 20. COUNTER-TERROR

Chapter 21. NORWICH

Chapter 22. VENGEANCE

EPILOGUE

NOTES