Peasants' Revolt quiz: Are you revolting?

Peasants' Revolt quiz: Are you revolting?

A group of 'peasants' revolting

Tower of London 1381. The peasants are revolting - where do your allegiances lie?

Peasants' Revolt quiz

It is 1381 an army of peasants is on the way...

Calling for justice, freedom and lower taxes, an army of peasants is marching on the Tower of London. Soldiers guard the walls while the boy king and his courtiers, knights, ladies, even the Archbishop of Canterbury, huddle here for protection. Whose side would you have been on? Take our test to find out.

1. What do you usually wear?
A. Steel helmet, heavy body armour and stout boots.
B. An exquisite outfit made by French tailors in silk.
C. An exquisite outfit made by Italian tailors in silk.
D. Rags.

2. And for a special occasion?
A. Full metal jacket, gauntlets, mail collar, weapons.
B. An outrageously stunning creation fresh from Paris.
C. Purple robes, white alb, girdle with matching Mitre.
D. Rags (plus helmet, long bow and a pole arm).

3. A Beard is:
A. Bound to get caught in your armour.
B. A must have fashion accessory, worn forked.
C. Not as good as clean shaven (including top of head).
D. A symbol of oppression.

4. Your ideal holiday would be:
A. A booze cruise to Calais, with plenty of action.
B. A summer relaxing on your estate in the Dordogne.
C. A Pilgrimage to Canterbury.
D. Holiday?

5. This new Poll Tax is:
A. Hard on your pay packet, but someone has to pay for the army. Perhaps the rich should pay more.
B. An excellent idea. Everyone should pay the same. You can’t get fairer than that.
C. An excellent idea, but don’t forget to put a little extra in the collection plate on Sunday.
D. An unjust oppression of the poorest in society. Make the rich pay more.

6. The Savoy Palace is:
A. Totally indefensible.
B. A perfect place to meet fellow aristocrats.
C. Named after the Savoy family, one of whom was the Archbishop of Canterbury.
D. A hated symbol of oppression. Burn it down!

7. You are visiting the Royal apartments at the Tower when you hear rioting outside. Do you...?
A. Grab your weapon.
B. Grab your hat. Your outfit needs an accessory.
C. Grab a crucifix.
D. Grab anything you can lay your hands on.

8. You find a splendidly bejewelled cup. Do you...?
A. Guard it.
B. Admire the workmanship.
C. Bless it.
D. Steal it.

10. When introduced to the king’s mother do you...?
A. Salute, and call her ma’am if she speaks to you.
B. Drop your deepest bow or curtsey, kiss her hand.
C. Expect her to curtsey to you.
D. Jump up and down on her bed and demand a kiss.

How did you do?

Mostly As: Welcome to the Fortress, soldier! The Tower of London needs bold recruits like you to defend its walls and towers against attackers.

Mostly Bs: Obviously destined for a life among the knights and ladies of the Royal Court. You might enjoy a visit to the Medieval Palace at the Tower of London.

Mostly Cs. A career in the Medieval church awaits! We do have two Chapels Royal here at the Tower. But beware, churchmen have not always had it easy here.

Mostly Ds: You are one of life’s peasants, and proud of it! While lords and knights have tried to take the Tower and failed, it was the peasants who actually broke into the most secure place in the kingdom.


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