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to pass, all things afterward should be ordered according to the
Fancy of the Common People. And indeed it was said, that he had
(but the Day before) made his vaunt putting his Hand to his own
Lips, That before Four Days came to an End, all the Laws of
England should proceed from his Mouth. When Sir John Newton
was in hand with him for Dispatch, he answered him with
Indignation: If thou art so hasty, get thee to thy Master, for I will
come when it pleaseth me. Notwithstanding, he followed on
Horseback a slow Pace; and by the way, there came to him a
Doublet Maker, who had brought to the Commons Threescore
Doublets, which they bought and wore; and he demanded Thirty
Marks for them, but could have no Payment. Wat Tylar answered
him, saying, Friend, appease thy self, thou shalt be well payed
before this Day be ended; keep thee near to me, I will be thy
A bold Brag of a Rebel.
John Tickel the Doublet maker, his coming to
Wat Tylar, and what Answer he made him.
Setting Spurs to his Horse, he departed from his Company, and
came so near to the King, that his Horse had touched the Crooper
of the King's Horse; and the first Words he spake, were these: Sir
King, Seest thou all yonder People? Yea, truly, quoth the King;
Wherefore sayst thou so? Because (said he) they be all at my
Commandment, and have sworn to me their Faith and Truth, to do
all that I would have them. In good Time, replied the King, I
believe it well. Then said Wat Tylar, believest thou, King, that
these People, and as many more as be in London, at my Command,
will depart from thee thus, without having thy Letters? No, said
the King, ye shall have them, they be ordained for you, and shall
be delivered to every one of them.
Wat Tylar's coming to the King, and his
audacious Words to him.
A lamentable Case when a King should be in
At these Words, Wat Tylar seeing the Knight Sir John Newton near
to him on Horseback, bearing the King's Sword, was offended, and
said, It had become him better to be on Foot in his Presence. The
Knight (not having forgot his old accustomed Manhood) answered,
That it was no harm, seeing himself was also on Horseback. Which
Words so offended Wat, that he drew his Dagger, and offered to
strike the Knight, calling him Traitor. The Knight answered, that
he lied; and drew his Dagger likewise. Wat Tylar, not suffering
such an Indignity to be done him, and before his rustick
Companions, made as if he would have run upon the Knight. The
King therefore, seeing the Knight in Danger, to asswage the Rigor
of Wat for the Time, commanded the Knight to alight on Foot, and
to deliver his Dagger to Wat Tylar. But when his proud Mind
could not be so pacified, but he would also have his Sword, the
Knight answered, It was the King's Sword; and (quoth he) thou art
not worthy to have it, nor durst thou ask it of me, if here were no
more but thou and I. By my Faith, said Wat Tylar, I shall never
eat, until I have thy Head, and would have run in upon the Knight.
Wat Tylar's Words to Sir John Newton, who did
bear the King's Sword.
The Knight commanded to alight on Foot before
At that very Instant came to the King William Walworth, Lord
Maior of London, a bold, couragious, and brave minded Man, with
many Knights and Squires to assist the King, and he said,
Liege, it were a great Shame, and such as never had before been
heard of, if in that Presence, they should permit a Noble Knight to
be shamefully murthered, and before the Face of their Sovereign;
wherefore he ought to be rescued, and Tylar the Rebel to be
Which Words being heard, the King, although he
were but of tender Years, taking Boldness and Courage to him,
commanded the Maior of London to lay Hand upon him. The
Maior, being a Man of an incomparable Spirit and Boldness,
without any further Delay or Doubting, straight arrested him with
his Mace upon the Head; and in such sort, that he fell down at the
Feet of his Horse. By and by, they which attended on the
King, environed him round about, whereby he was not seen of his
Company. And an Esquire of the King's, called John Cavendish,
alighted from his Horse, and thrust his Sword into Wat Tylar's
Belly: Albeit, more Opinions do hold, that the Maior did it with his
Dagger, and many beside, thrust him in, in many Places of his
Body, and then drew him from among the People, into the Hospital
of St. Bartholomew. Which, when the Commons perceived, they
cried out, that their Captain was traterously slain, heartning one
another to fight, and to revenge his Death, bending their Bows.
But the King rode to them, saying, What a Work is this, my Men?
What mean you to do? Will you shoot your King? Be not
quarrellous, or sorry for the Death of a Traytor and Ribald: I am
your King, I will be your Captain and Leader: Follow me into the
Field, there to have whatsoever you will require.
The coming of William Walworth, Lord Maior of
London, to the King, and his worthy Words to him.
William Walworth, Lord Maior of London,
arrested Wat Tylar, and felled him to the Ground.
Wat Tylar, the Rebel, slain in
The King's kind Words to the rude
This the King did, lest the Commons, being bitterly bent in mind,
should set fire on the Houses in Smithfield, where their Captain
was slain. They therefore followed him into the open Field, and
the Soldiers that were with him, not knowing as yet whether they
would kill the King, or be in rest, and depart home with the King's
Charter. In the mean while, worthy Walworth, the (for ever)
famous Maior of London, to second his first Piece of Service which
fell out to so good Purpose, only with one Servant, riding speedily
into the City, began to cry,
"You good Citizens, come to help your
King, that is in doubt to be murdered; and succour me your Maior,
that am in the like Danger: Or if you will not succour me, yet leave
not the King destitute."
When the Citizens heard this, in whose
Hearts the Love of the King was ingrafted, suddenly, and very
seemly prepared, (to the Number of a Thousand) they tarried in
the Streets for some one of the Knights to lead them (with the
Lord Mayor) to the King: And by good Fortune, Sir Robert Knowles,
a Freeman of the City, came in the very Instant, whom they all
required to be their Leader. He gladly undertook Part of them;
and Perducas Dalbert, the Lord Maior, and some other Knights, led
on the rest to the King's Presence. The King, and all that were
with him, rejoiced not a little at the unhoped for coming of these
brave armed Citizens, suddenly compassed the whole Multitude of
They followed the King into the Field.
Another worthy Action performed by the Lord
A Noble and Loyal Forwardness in true-hearted
Citizens for the Succour of their King, being in great Distress.
There might a Man have seen a wonderful Change of God's Right
Hand; how the Commons did now throw down their Weapons, and
fall to the Ground, beseeching Pardon; who lately before did glory
that they had the King's Life in their Power; and now were glad to
hide themselves in Caves, Ditches, Corn Fields, &c. The Knights
therefore, desirous to be revenged, besought the King to permit
them to take off the Heads of an Hundred or two of them. But the
King would not condescend to their Request; but commanded the
Charter which they had demanded, written and sealed, to be
delivered to them for the Time, to avoid any more Mischief: As
knowing well, that Essex was not yet pacified, nor Kent stayed; the
Commons and Rusticks of which Countries were ready to rise
again, if he did not satisfy them the sooner. The Commons having
got the Charter, departed homeward; and the rude People being
dispersed and gone, the King called for his valiant Maior of
London, William Walworth, whom (with great Honour) he
Knighted there in the Field, and as he had very worthily deserved.
The like he did to Nicholas Brember, John Philpot, Robert Lawnd,
John Standish, Nicholas Twiford, and Adam Francis, Aldermen.
Afterward the King, with his Lords and his Company, orderly
entred into the City of London with great Joy, and went to his
A wonderful Alteration among the Rebels.
Great Wisdom and Discretion in the King, being
W. Walworth, Lord Maior of London, Knighted in
the Field, and other Aldermen with him.