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A Dream of John Ball : Large Print, Paperback / softback Book

A Dream of John Ball : Large Print Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


A Dream of John Ball is a novel by English author William Morris about the Great Revolt of 1381, conventionally called "the Peasants' Revolt".

It features the rebel priest John Ball, who was accused of being a Lollard.

He is famed for his question "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?Morris draws on Froissart for information on the fourteenth century,but has a different attitude towards the revolting peasants from the chronicler who, Sir Walter Scott once remarked, had "marvelous little sympathy" for the "villain churls." Morris was also aware of interpretations of the Peasants' Revolt as representing a socialist tradition.

In 1884 he had written an article in which he stated that "we need make no mistake about the cause for which Wat Tyler and his worthier associate John Ball fell; they were fighting against the fleecing then in fashion, viz.; serfdom or villeinage, which was already beginning to wane before the advance of the industrial gilds.



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