The Underclass, Underculture  & History From Below

Leader of the 1381 Peasants' Revolt, Wat Tyler

Wat Tyler. Peasants' Revolt 1381. Once captured, his head, along with John Bull's and Jack Straw's, was severed and displayed along London Bridge. Fineliner on Sketchbook Paper.

Although some sources suggest otherwise, Peter Linebaugh in his book 'Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures & Resistance' is of the understanding that the dagger on the shield of the London coat-of-arms refers to the weapon used by Lord Mayor (and sex-trafficker) William Walworth when he murdered the leader of the Peasants' Revolt, Wat Tyler.

"the urban bourgeoisie coming to power on the backs of the Peasants' Revolt".