An exploration of town life in medieval England. How did town life differ from life in the countryside? (5.25 mins)
This is one of 45 videos telling the story of Britain from 1066 to the present day, accessible an interactive timeline at http://www.timelines.tv/index.php?t=0&e=3
From a BAFTA winning series written and presented by Andrew Chater. Originally commissioned and transmitted by the BBC and streamed with the BBC's consent. Copyright Andrew Chater / Lodestar Productions / October Films.
The stereotype of the medieval peasant is a toothless, filthy, ignorant wretch. Or were they? Terry Jones discovers that peasants were in fact literate, emancipated, highly political and legally savvy, house proud and healthy, and responsible for the peasants revolt of 1381.