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Anomalous Medieval Egalitarian gets Tortured to Death Anniversary.

July 15, 2015

“When Adam delved and Eve spanne, thanne who was the gentilmanne?” R.I.P. John Ball


John Ball

Another anniversary. July 15th 1381. John Ball is judicially murdered – tortured to death in the presence of Richard II. Ball had been a priest, excommunicated for preaching that social classes are a human not a divine invention. An leading figure in the Peasants’ Revolt (Poll Tax Riots writ large), Ball may have been responsible for the rhyme:
“When Adam Delved and Eve spanne, thenne who was the gentilmanne?”
Humans are one species.  Go back far enough and the basis of hereditary privilege falls apart.  He went on to preach as follows….
“From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come…

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