. Richard rode toward the assembled crowd, who had been unable to see what had occured and persuaded them to follow him away from Smithfields to Clerkenwell Fields, defusing the situation, he convinced them to disperse to their homes. Tyler was taken to tthe nearby St. Batholomew's hospital, where his head was cut off and displayed on a pole. With their leader dead and the royal government now backed by the London militia, the rebel movement began to collapse. A force led by the king's uncle, Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester was dispatched into Essex to crush the rebels. A battle between Gloucester and the rebels was fought near the village of Billericay on 28th June, during which the peasants were defeated, over 500 of them were slain in the battle.
The Peasants' Revolt was a popular uprising. In its demands for rights and equality, it was similar to the Chartists of the 19th century and the Suffragettes of the 20th century – except that, remarkably, the Peasants' Revolt happened six centuries earlier! You may also wish to compare the Peasants' Revolt to the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536 - 1537 covered in Protest through time . Although the two events were similar in some ways, the Pilgrimage of Grace was basically inspired by religion. By contrast, the Peasants' Revolt was a political rebellion.