Philobiblon: A heroine of 1381

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A heroine of 1381

Well that is stretching it a little, but I like the tale of Margery Starre, who in Cambridge on June 16, amidst the English Peasants' Revolt of 1381 (Wat Tyler's), tossed the ashes of burnt documents to the winds, cring "away with the learning of clerks! away with it!"

(From "The Imaginary Society: Women in 1381", Journal of British Studies 40 (April 2001), pp. 159-183.

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