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What Happened in June 1381

Historical Events


Poll Tax Triggers the Peasants' RevoltPoll Tax Triggers the Peasants' Revolt

Jun 12 Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath
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King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.
King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 14 Richard II in England meets leaders of the Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.

King of England Richard II
King of England
Richard II

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 14 Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Jun 15 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
  • Jun 15 John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England