ERO Presents: Women in medieval revolt

Join speaker Dr Helen Killick who will provide a comprehensive re-examination of the Peasants’ Revolt.

The extent of the involvement of women in medieval revolts is a controversial subject, and one that has been much discussed in recent years. A new project on the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, which brings together an unprecedented number of legal and manorial records, enables us to re-examine women’s roles as rebels, victims and bystanders in the rising.

In contrast to previous work which has focussed on a handful of prominent individuals, most notably Johanna Ferrour, this new evidence illustrates the complexities of female involvement in the revolt, and the limitations of the sources in revealing their motives. To what extent did women rise up in 1381 in the same way as men, and what does this mean for our understanding of medieval revolt in general?

Event details


February 6, 2024


10:30am - 12:00pm



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For the whole family


Essex Record Office

Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England, CM2 6YT

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Please note: The presentation begins at 10.45am.

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