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Palmer writes about how the increased centralization and intrusiveness of the government helped motivate the great Peasants' Revolt of 1381. (pg. 6) He writes specifically how the increasing use of the assumpist writ contributed to the revolt. (pg. 210) However, he does not go into too much detail on the legal ramifications of the revolt and the specific reform sought by the leaders of the rebellion.

Did the Peasant's Revolt have any set list of concrete legal demands similar to the Magna Carta for the Baron's Rebellion against King John? Did the leaders of the revolt seek to completely destroy and remake the English Legal system by abolishing feudal tenure and/or private property or were they trying to curb the unjust excesses of the Statute of Laborer's, taxes etc? Did the Peasant's Revolt have any lasting impact on the development of English Law?

-- MichaelCoburn - 25 Sep 2014


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