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The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions

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Terrell Gardner

on 5 December 2017

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Transcript of The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions

Under the English Feudal System, farmers and craftspeople were peasants. Thus making the peasants live on the manor of the lord. The lord is entitled to a portion of what is produced by the peasants. A peasant could not move into another manor or rise in social class.
Analyzing Text
Although Tuchman explains the Peasants' Rebellion as "violent" and "destructive", he is sure to make the reasons and justification of the rebellion known to the reader. This choice of presenting the account to include the perspectives of peasants, government, and by-standing citizens to be told all while avoiding bias towards one or the other. Explaining the multiple perspectives of the revolt allows for readers to reflect on what causes people to have grievances and how people decide to respond to such grievances.
Craft & Structure
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

The Worms of the Earth is basically a secondary source because the author pulled these quotes from a primary source which could have been taken out of context by the author. The three examples below include two quotes and commentary from the author.

"The tournaments of the rich are the torments of the poor' (paragraph 9)
"Villeins you are and villeins ye shall remain" (paragraph 20)
"All would be drawn by fiends of hell on the day of judgement" (paragraph 9)

Poll Tax
- Tax per person, levied on individuals rather than property
- To stimulate or give rise to
- Hostility/ Dislike
- A leader who speaks for the people
- Farmer bound by law to serve the lord

Greek Roots :
- agogue or -agogy meaning "leader" (derived from the root word agogos.
Synagogue which means "house of assembly"
Pedagogue which means "a teacher, especially a strict one"
- The third poll tax in four years ignited a spark causing the Poll Tax Revolt of 1381.
- After refusing to pay, Villages on the East Coast turned to violence.
- Peasant elected Wat Tyler as their leader, seized Canterbury, and stormed a castle to liberate a runaway villein who'd been imprisoned by the Archbishop.
- Peasants were denied legal and political right, also a spokesman in Parliament.

Comprehension Check
1. The immediate cause of the peasants' revolt against Parliament was the passing of the third poll tax. The peasants felt that it was unfair to tax them again because they had no civil rights.

2. The peasants drew inspiration for their revolt against Parliament from the French yeomen who had rebelled against their oppressors (using armed force).

3. According to Tuchman, the peasants' rebellion reached its climax on the outskirts' of London. The government had not done anything to stop or diffuse the hostile invasion carried out during the revolt because they were afraid that confronting the peasants would lead to greater and more violent conflict.
The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions
Terrell Gardner, Tya Reynolds, Raylen King, Rachel Canturbury, Brandon Wesley, Deshaun Oliver, Mikaelah Freeman , Kierstan Burnes
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