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

Richard II meets the Rebels – from Jean Froissart’s Chronicles

with Dr John Ridgard

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 17th May, 2008

A reconsideration in the light of a lifetime’s research of the Great Rising of 1381 with special attention to the “Innocent and Peaceful” county of Suffolk.

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? We shall consider the following: Over-population, Climate Change, Famine and Pestilence, Government Legislation, Villeinage-by-blood, Taxation, Small-scale capitalism, Radical clerics, and Conventicles.
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.40 Documentary Sources
The wealth of sources include Chronicles, Monastic records, Courts Baron and Leet evidence. Do we have information overload - “... not until the last court-roll has been read...?”
  12.40 Lunch break  
  14:00 From the Liston Assembly to Bury St. Edmunds
Was the march on Bury St Edmunds pre-planned or spontaneous? We shall examine the “Principal Leaders”, the Bromfeld Affair, and the “King of Suffolk”.
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Across the County
Communications; Rebel Activity; The Real Agenda?
Suppression, Reprisals and the Aftermath Staged executions by the state; Pardons; When was it really over? Longer-term effects; The end of high-demesne farming.
  16:15 Close  

About Dr John Ridguard

John Ridgard specialises in Medieval Latin Palaeo-graphy 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)

Bailey, M., Medieval Suffolk: An Economic and Social History, 1200-1500 (Woodbridge 2007)
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., The Suffolk Landscape (Hodder & Stoughton 1972, Alastair 1986)


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