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June 12, 2013

John Ball & William Morris

 William Morris

William Morris

On this day in 1381, preacher John Ball spoke at Blackheath to those assembled for the Peasants’ Revolt, inciting them with perhaps the most provocative rhymed couplet in history: “When Adam delved and Eve span, / Who was then the gentleman?” The rebels apparently took up this chant as they marched to London to demand a life of more than digging and spinning from fourteen-year-old Richard II.

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