And now for a short history lesson…

22 Jun

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William of Normandy started contructing the Tower of London  soon after he conquered Britain, at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Almost 1000 years later, this impressive fortress is still standing.

In 1000 years, the Tower has only been attacked a handful of times.DSC_0235  On one of these occasions in 1381, thousands of peasants marched to London to protest against a new poll tax.  The angry mob, led by Wat Tyler, looted and burned and stole weapons and jewels, while the 14 year old King Richard II hid in the Tower.  The leaders of the Archbishop of Canterbury is captured by rebelsrebellion confronted the Mayor of London and many of the King’s ministers.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury, was beheaded and his head was stuck on a spike and displayed on London Bridge.  The following day, King Richard met the leaders of the mob.  He agreed to abandon the tax, then had them arrested and hanged.  Wat Tyler was killed on the spot by the Mayor of London.

Lessons learnt from this story:

  1. poll taxes are always deeply unpopular
  2. Boris Johnson’s job is a lot easier than it used to be
  3. learning about history was never this much fun when I was little. 

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5 Responses to “And now for a short history lesson…”

  1. Almost Mrs Average 22/06/2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Boris has definitely got it easy. Heads rolling has definitely got a different meaning these day. Now all I can think of is Blackadder 😀

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/06/2009 at 11:35 am #

      I LOVE Blackadder!

  2. Liz 23/06/2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I *LOVE* the Tower, it’s on my list of places to take my DD in the summer holidays 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/06/2009 at 2:31 pm #

      We found the annual ticket was really good value. For the five of us it would have cost £47 to get in, but the season ticket was £75 and includes Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Mansion House. If you are planning on two trips to London, it’s worth it for that alone.


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