« 119 When Adam delved and Eve Span... | Main | 121 Counter Revolution »

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Phil J

Long time listener, first time commenter from Australia. David, I love your podcast and listen to it walking to work or doing
Listening to the podcasts on the Peasants' Revolt, it reminded me of Alexis de Tocqueville's book on the French Revolution, in which he pointed out that one of the causes of the revolution was the failure of the political system to keep up with economic changes - valuable feudal rights (such as exemption from taxation, levying of duties, forced labour) were maintained by the nobility, whereas the middle classes who were buying land and therefore rising economically resented the unfairness of this. Actually, one event that precipitated the revolution in 1789 was the rejection of a proposal to remove the nobles' privileges.

Phil J

Should have said doing the housework. So how sad am I?

The History of England

Nothing sad about housework, Phil. The nobility of manual labour, and all that.

Nice point about the French Revolution, and the similarities. The phrase from Cobett also sticks in my mind - 'I defy you to agitate a man on a full stomach'.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment