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The Jacquerie of 1358: A French Peasants' Revolt

Justine Firnhaber-Baker


Historians of the Jacquerie have been divided in seeing it either as an unplanned explosion of peasant resentment or as an organized undertaking directed by urban rebels in Paris. These opposing conclusions are based on the illusory assumption that the revolt was a homogenous movement with a unitary purpose and fate. In fact, the Jacquerie was a constellation of many events that evolved over time and involved thousands of individuals in hundreds of places, who understood it in different and changing ways. The story of the Jacquerie is about how individuals reacted to a specific set of circumst ... More

Keywords: Peasant revolt, medieval France, Hundred Years War, rebellion, Valois dynasty, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justine Firnhaber-Baker, author
Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews