World History Moment: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion

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A plaque at the port in Weymouth, England. Les Haines / Flickr
Plague
A plaque at the port in Weymouth, England. Les Haines / Flickr

World History Moment: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion

In 1381, English serfs were restless. The country was still trying to rebound from The Black Death, which had wiped out a third of the population. Meanwhile, England was in a long war against France, so taxes kept going up. Historian John Schmidt tells us the story of one serf named Wat Tyler who led a march on London for more rights.