Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley

Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley

William Morris: Delaying Ball’s New World

Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley

James Crossley [+-]
St Mary's University, London
James Crossley is Research Professor in Bible, Society, and Politics at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society, Academic Director of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM), and Professor of Bible and Society at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. He is author of numerous books and articles on Christian Origins, reception history of the Bible, and English politics and religion, reception history of the Bible, including Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse (Pluto, 2018). The website John Ball, English Legend provides images and resources discussed in Spectres of John Ball.

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This chapter looks at the most influential portrayal of Ball since Southey: William Morris’s A Dream of John Ball. This includes discussion of how Morris saw Ball as a martyr, a kindred spirit, a Catholic, and a revolutionary example for the present and future from a historical materialist perspective.

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Crossley, James. William Morris: Delaying Ball’s New World. Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 268-297 Mar 2022. ISBN 9781800501362. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42762. Date accessed: 02 Jul 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42762. Mar 2022

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