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Wat Tyler

(d. 1381) leader of the peasants' revolt


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(d. 1381).

The most famous leader of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381. He may have worked as a tiler in Essex; he was said to have served with Richard Lyons, a wealthy London merchant in France. He first emerged as a major leader in Kent at the end of the first week in June 1381, seizing Canterbury on 10 June and heading the march to London. On 15 June he was the spokesman at Smithfield. His demands were radical. The young king Richard II ordered the mayor, John Walworth, to arrest Tyler, and in a struggle he was killed.

Subjects: British History.


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