Things cannot go on well in England nor ever will
until everything shall be in common.
When there shall be neither Vassal nor Lord
and all distinctions levelled – John Ball
These words are on the memorial to the 1381 Peasants Revolt unveiled in Smithfield on 15 July.
The Memorial also states:
‘At this place on 15th June 1381 Wat Tyler, John Ball and other representatives of the Great Rising met King Richard II to finalise terms for ending the Rebellion. The King had agreed to all the political reforms aimed at alleviating the plight of the people. However he and his advisors later reneged on that agreement after killing Tyler in the process near this spot. John Ball and many others of the Revolt were also later executed.’
The photo is from, and more pictures of the unveiling can be see at, http://revolt1381.blogspot.co.uk
- Thanks to Professor Andrew Prescott for drawing this to my attention.