Destruction of tax records, 1381

Order to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer allowing the collectors of the poll tax in Kent to account without having to produce a roll of names and other documentation, as these had been burned by the rebels during the Peasants' Revolt. This demonstrates a particular awareness on the part of the rebels of the importance of the records kept by central government in regulating and controlling their lives at the local level.
Catalogue reference: C 54/221, m. 28 (16 December 1381)

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