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1381 in History

Events in History

  • May 30 English peasant uprising begins in Essex

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
  • Jul 15 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 13 Saint Colette of Corbie, French abbess and reformer (Poor Clares), born in Corbie, County of Amiens, Duchy of Burgundy (d. 1447)
  • Jul 1 St. Laurence Justinian [Lorenzo Giustiniani], Italian catholic bishop and 1st Patriarch of Venice, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1456)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 24 Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint
  • May 13 John of Chatillon, governor/viceroy of Holland, dies
  • May 15 Eppelein von Gailingen, German robber baron
  • 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
  • Jul 15 John Ball, English priest/ideologist of Boer uprising, hanged
  • Dec 2 John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  • Dec 27 Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, English politician