Bond Men Made Free by Rodney Hilton
Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

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Rodney Hilton's account of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 remains the classic authoritative text on the 'English Rising'. Hilton views the revolt in the context of a general European pattern of class conflict. He demonstrates that the peasant movements that disturbed the Middle Ages were not mere unrelated outbreaks of violence but had their roots in common economic and political conditions and in a recurring conflict of interest between peasants and landowners.
Now with a new introduction by Christopher Dyer, this survey remains the leading source for students of medieval English peasantry.

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Hilton is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Social History at the University of Birmingham.
Published March 1, 2004 by Routledge. 245 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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There are those who would challenge Professor Hilton's view of the medieval peasantry as a ""class"" since, as E. P. Thompson has shown in his seminal The Making of the English Working Class, the notion of ""class"" must include a consciousness of itself, and this the medieval peasantry acquired ...

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