London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details

Letter Book H

Date of Creation:

1375 - 1399

Reference Code:


From Collection:


Scope and Content:
  • The full volume is available to view online via the Player on this page, and includes a writ to the City sheriffs pardoning those involved in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Triggered by years of discontent over the treatment of labourers, culminating in the imposition of a poll tax, this armed uprising was one of themost significant popular rebellions of medieval England, and its climax took place within the environs of the City. In June 1381 a large assembly of disaffected people, mostly from Essex and Kent, gathered at Blackheath, where they were inspired to action by the radical preaching of John Ball. The following day they stormed the Tower of London and summarily executed the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Treasurer.

    The original volume is available to view only with advance notice and at the discretion of the LMA Director.

    MCFP 58
  • Microfilm available in Information Area
  • Microfilm Reference
  • X109/023
Other Formats: Digital surrogate available through online catalogue
Classification: CITY OF LONDON
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
Level of Description:
  • Document

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