Georgian John: From Mob Rule to Reasonable Demands
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 Ball was understood in the ‘century of the mob’ against the backdrop of rapid population growth in London and dramatic stories of famous criminals. It also looks at how Ball’s ideas were increasingly difficult to criticise as serfdom was a thing of the distant past.