The Quest for the Historical John Ball
Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley
James Crossley [+]
St Mary's University, London
This chapter looks at reconstructing Ball’s life prior and up to the 1381 uprising, and some of the earliest perceptions about him. It also provides explanations of how ideas associated with or attributed to Ball (e.g., apocalypticism, biblical interpretation, violence, all things in common) might have been understood.