chapter  8
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The Allies of the Rebels

Not much is known about those internal conflicts in the small towns which led to an alliance between the factions out of power and the country rebels. A good deal more is known about London, but here the interpretation of happenings is complicated by a large amount of deliberately misleading evidence, in the form of indictments. These were drawn up after the revolt with the aim by one of the city factions of pinning responsibility for complicity with the rebels

upon its rivals. 1 Complicity certainly existed between part of London's population and the rebels from Kent and Essex, but as almost all of the contemporary chroniclers make clear, it was, as one might expect, the London poor who were the allies of the country rebels.