- Glossary definition: Wat Tyler's Rebellion
Wat Tyler's Rebellion

Infuriated at attempts since the Black Death to revive old villein services, the peasants of Essex and Kent marched on London in 1381. Choosing Wat Tyler as their leader, they advanced on 12 June to Mile End, near London, where John Ball preached a fiery sermon. On 14 June, youthful King Richard II and his counsellors arrived for a conference with them. Tyler was murdered, and the revolters dispersed. While it is notable as the first great revolt of labour against capital, the revolt of 1381 led to no startling changes.