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Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:46 pm
by Chris P
Juliet Barker's book sounds interesting. Peculiar note struck by the illustration of Wat Tyler being killed while King Richard II looks on: "Photo: Getty"

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/12/reading-riot-act-true-story-great-revolt

Re: Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:59 am
by NormanD
The reviewer seems too quick to reject the Marxist historical approach (half a sentence is not really a political rebuttal, but just a way of saying 'I'm not one of them'). Within the context of its time, and similar to many parts of Europe over the pre-capitalist industrial era, England had its own uprising. It was crushed, as they all were, but it did leave a legacy of fighting injustice and unexpected popular support. And a few additions to folklore and song.

It is a legacy that can be highjacked by any political current, however. A spontaneous rising starting in Essex and Kent against the iniquities of the tax system, and the ruling class? UKIPS, anyone? Russell Brand (oy gevalt)?

Re: Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:35 pm
by uiwangmike
Juliet Barker appeared on the same broadcast of Start the Week as Russell Brand a few weeks ago.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mb2r9

Re: Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:00 pm
by NormanD
Another good review of "England Arise" from today's Guardian. Maybe the book will make it to paperback?
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/d ... ook-review

I'm feeling more amenable towards Russell Brand, but that's another discussion.

Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:12 pm
by Philellinas
Greetings, Norman. The paperback version (£14.99 rather than £25) should be available from all good bookshops and other, unethical sources.
(Your Brand loyalty is duly noted and may be used in evidence against you come the revolution).

Re: Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:24 pm
by NormanD
Hello to you too, Phil. As a pre-emptive plea, I'll just say that I'm just a bit more Brand-ish. The revolution I'm most fearing (though not expecting) in the UK would be the Greek-style one of April 1967. It's too late now to delete my past posts - names have no doubt been taken and added to lists.

Re: Great Revolt 1381

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:32 pm
by Pete Fowler
Juliet Barker is a painstakingly-thorough historian and good writer - I loved her biography of The Brontes. I'll certainly read this one when it's in PB...