Ball and the English Reformation
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 how and why Ball became a convenient foil for debates around rebellion, national security, Catholicism, and the perceived extremities of Protestantism in the sixteenth century. This also includes discussion of a tradition of Ball as a proto-Protestant martyr which needed to be presented with great care.