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Wat Tyler

Walter Tyler, commonly known as Wat Tyler (died 1381) was the leader of the English Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

His birthdate is not known, and little is known about his life. Historians believe he was probably born in Kent or Essex and may well have served as a soldier in the wars against France.

After taking control of Canterbury, Wat led his peasant army to Blackheath outside London and then went on to invade the city. King Richard II met the rebel army at Mile End[?], and promised to address the peasants' grievances, which included the imposition of unpopular taxes.

The king went back on his promise, and had Wat Tyler murdered. Tyler's death ended the revolt.

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