I WITNESS HISTORY

A series of audio dramas which look at historical events from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

Alice the Baker's Daughter - June 15, 1381

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Published on: June 15, 2017

In England 1381, a song was passed from village to village which had the last line, “In Revolt they would Arise!”. The song was a coded message that urged hearers to prepare for the Peasant’s Revolt against The Poll Tax. In the sleepy Essex village of Fobbing, the story of 14 year old Alice the Baker’s daughter is the flashpoint that lights the fuse of rebellion and the march on London, and Alice follows the journey through to the horrifying climax at Smithfield.

On June 15th Wat Tyler meets and presents King Richard II and his Counsellors with the first ever British Charter of Freedom for All – which the King has already sworn to sign. Freedom for all is just a matter of minutes away.

Who blinks first?

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