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The “Peasants’ Revolt” or Great Rising of 1381 in Suffolk

Richard II meets the Rebels - from Jean Froissart's Chronicles (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

with Dr John Ridgard

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 23rd April 2005

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 “Now Is Tyme” – the background to the Great Rising in Suffolk of 1381. What were the basic factors which provoked the “Innocent and Peaceful” county to violent rebellion?  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 June 12th - 18th 1381 – a reconstruction of events and a reappraisal of source materials. Who were the “Angels of Satan”?  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Suppression of the Great Rising and the attempts to restart it.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Aftermath – did the Great Rising alter the development of the social and economic history of Suffolk?  
  16:15 Close  

About John Ridgard

John Ridgard specialises in Medieval Latin Palaeography and Medieval Suffolk. He is the author of Medieval Framlingham: Select documents 1270-1524, Suffolk Records Society 27 (Boydell 1985). He is currently working on a second volume of Framlingham records as well as a study of Suffolk in the Great Revolt of 1381.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Dobson, R.B., The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 (MacMillan 1983)
Dymond, D. & Northeast, P., A History of Suffolk (Phillimore 1995)
Powell, E., The East Anglian Rising, 1381 (Cambridge University Press 1896)
Ridgard, J., Medieval Framlingham: Select Documents 1270-1524 (Suffolk Records Society 1985)
Rumble, A. (ed.) Domesday Book – Suffolk (Phillimore 1986)
Scarfe, N., Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986)


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