Because of the heavy taxes from Parliament and the Statute of Laborers, which oppressed their rights, the English peasants joined together in a revolt. They sacked several towns and complained to the king, who promised to get rid of the extreme oppression on the lowest class. The leader of the revolt, Wat Tyler, was assassinated, which ended the revolt. Although the king won, the peasants let everyone know they were willing to fight and would not be peacefully subdued any longer. The revolt sparked other revolts later and began to get the peasants more recognition and less oppression.
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