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Ball, John (d. 1381), chaplain and leader of the peasants' revolt  

Andrew Prescott

Ball, John (d. 1381), chaplain and leader of the peasants' revolt, was of obscure origins. He had been an itinerant radical preacher for nearly twenty years before the revolt. He described himself, in letters circulated during the rising, as 'seynte marye prist...

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John Ball (d. 1381) manuscript illumination [Front, left] the rebel leader, Wat Tyler (d. 1381) and [centre, on horseback] ] The British Library

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Cheyne, Sir John (c. 1390–1468), Lollard and rebel  

Linda Clark

Cheyne, Sir John (c. 1390–1468), Lollard and rebel, was the elder son of Roger Cheyne (1362–1414) of Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire, one of the leaders of the Lollard movement in the early fifteenth century. Roger may well have adopted his heretical leanings through the influence of the prominent Lollard knight and diplomat ...

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Cheyne, Sir John (d. 1414), diplomat, heretic, and speaker-elect of the House of Commons  

Nigel Saul

Cheyne, Sir John (d. 1414), diplomat, heretic, and speaker-elect of the House of Commons, of unknown parentage, was a scion of the family of Cheyne of Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire. Almost certainly a younger son, he was probably intended for a career in the church. ...

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Legate, Bartholomew (d. 1612), radical separatist and convicted heretic  

David R. Como

Legate, Bartholomew (d. 1612), radical separatist and convicted heretic, was the son of William Legate, a substantial householder of Hornchurch, Essex. The extended Legate clan was among the most ancient and successful families of the royal liberty of Havering. By the mid-sixteenth century members of the family, including ...

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Oldcastle, John, Baron Cobham (d. 1417), soldier, heretic, and rebel  

John A. F. Thomson

Oldcastle, John, Baron Cobham (d. 1417), soldier, heretic, and rebel, came from a Herefordshire family that emerged in the fourteenth century.

Oldcastle's great-grandfather Peter is the earliest recorded member of his family, and his grandfather, another John, represented the shire in parliament in 1368 and 1372. His father, ...

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Perkins [Maundeville], William [alias Jack Sharp of Wigmoreland] (d. 1431), rebel and alleged Lollard  

John A. F. Thomson

Perkins [Maundeville], William [alias Jack Sharp of Wigmoreland] (d. 1431), rebel and alleged Lollard, was the bailiff of Abingdon, whose name is recorded in official documents as William Perkins but given in some chronicles as Maundeville. His public appearance as a rebel under the name ...