Revolts in Medieval Europe

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Popular revolts in late medieval Europe were mainly by the peasants and bourgeois and it was always against the Kings, Nobles, Church and Abbots. They were also known as Peasant Revolts, though not restricted to only the peasants. They were popular revolts, with unspeakable cruelty towards the noble class.


There were many political, economical and social reasons for these revolts, which happened one chasing the other. Europe had been suffering from the three orders of society, ruling class, clergy and common people, for a long time. In some regions and states, it was the ruling class that harassed the poor and in some other regions, it was the clergy. Actually, the religious superstitions were such, that clergy, abbots, papacy got away with unspeakable crimes. The political size and management of states, economic upheavals were the other newly introduced issues.
"Since the early fourteenth century new elements had come into play. The growth in the size of states and the increasing number of wars had raised the financial requirements of governments and made the state of inequality, already observable in the thirteenth century, harder to bear," Mollatt and Wolff (p.107).
The reasons and problems had accumulated for decades, and while looking at them from this distance, it is surprising that the church leaders and kings failed to recognise them. Unrest was clearly in the air and unfortunately, no steps were taken by either the ruling class, or the religious leaders and every time, the situation was mishandled and reached the inevitable gory end.
In the beginning of 14th century Europe came to a grinding halt, due ...
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