Delving further into the archive of English radicalism, I came across the wonderful words of the sermon that John Ball preached to the rebels on Blackheath. This was in the summer of the the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. I quote:
“From the beginning all men by nature were created alike,
and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of
The full text is here.
There are so many kinds of naughty men.
I think he was a drinking pal of Wat Tyler...
Do you think they drank?
Drinking or not, we're still oppressed by naughty men!
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