Juliet Barker: Revolting times – Our ruling class needs to pay heed to its fed-up subjects now

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Juliet Barker
Juliet Barker

THE ARTICLE: Revolting times: Our ruling class needs to pay heed to its fed-up subjects now

A political class perceived as out of touch and self-serving. Punitive taxation frittered away on pointless foreign wars. Repressive labour legislation and wage control at home. A disaffected population feeling powerless, voiceless, angry and ripe for recruitment by radical preachers offering a vision of a new political and social order. Not to mention a deadly disease of apocalyptic proportions spreading uncontrollably across the world and threatening to invade our shores. 1381 — AND 2014.

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THE BOOK USA: 1381 – The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt

THE BOOK UK: England, Arise – The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381

Barker uncovers how and why a diverse and unlikely group of ordinary men and women from every corner of England – from the humblest serf forced to provide slave-labour for his master in the fields, to the prosperous country goodwife brewing, cooking and spinning her distaff, and the ambitious burgess expanding his business and his mental horizons – united in armed rebellion against Church and State to demand a radical political agenda. Had it been implemented, this agenda would have transformed English society and anticipated the French Revolution by four hundred years.

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