In recent times, the City of London has been a target for riot and protest. It has been subjected to violence by those who believe it spawns inequality. But this is the latest phase in a history of riot and revolt which has made the ancient City of London a truly unquiet city.
Financial inequality may have prompted the more familiar protests of the late twentieth century. But what about the unrest caused by taxation that nearly made William Fitz Osbert a popular martyr in 1196? And the attempt at tax enforcement that cost a number of lives at Brentwood in 1381?
London’s ancient heart has been disturbed by much unrest. The bloody arrival of Boudica first stained its streets. Later, more blood would be shed by Wat Tyler and Jack Cade.
The City has faced fire and destruction. Its citizenry has been stirred by anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant violence.
This tour looks at the political situations which prompted these moments of unrest. It also assesses their aftermath. Just how far-reaching were these challenges to authority?
Details – The Unquiet City
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MEET: Outside the Fish Street Hill Exit, Monument Underground Station.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).
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