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A Dream Of John Ball

Auhtor: William Morris

Language: english
Published: 1888

Genres:

fiction,  historical,  political
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Review by Chandler, April 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Dream Of John Ball':

A Dream of John Ball (1888) is a novel by English author William Morris about the English peasants revolt of 1381 and the rebel John Ball. Like the novels close contemporary - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court (1889) by Mark Twain - it describes a dream and time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds. However unlike Twains vision of a violent and chaotic Dark Age Morris describes a positive image of the Middle Ages seeing it as a golden if brief period when peasants were prosperous and happy and guilds protected workers from exploitation.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Dream Of John Ball':


... were almost all built of oak frame-work filled with cob or plaster well whitewashed though some had their lower stories of rubble-stone, with their ...
... it should be unlawful for any man below the degree of a squire to keep the holy days of the church, except in the heart and the spirit only, and let ...
... king's writ never the road shall know. Now yeomen walk ye warily, And heed ye the houses where ye go, For as fair and as fine as they may be, Lest ...
... their riders were well armed with steel armour on their heads, legs, and arms. Amongst the horsemen I noted the man that had ridden past me when I first ...
... that I had not been a traitor to the Fellowship of the Church, for e'en so evil was my foolish imagination. Yet, forsooth, as I fell a-pondering over ...
... the saints in heaven shall be glad, because men no more fear each other and the churl shall be ashamed, and shall hide his churlishness till it be gone, and ...
... coming on towards us like the rolling of distant thunder, and growing louder and louder every minute we were none too soon in turning to ...
... taken the place of it. Get thee down, and take cover, old lad, said Will Green the dance will soon begin, and ye shall hear the music presently. Sure ...
... Then he cast it into his left hand, caught up his horn and winded it loudly. The men-at-arms drew near steadily, some fell under the arrow-storm, ...
... neither a man's son nor a mare's son may come in on us without espial. Now make we our friends welcome. Forsooth, I looked for them an hour later and ...
... we came into was indeed the house, for there was nothing but it on the ground floor, but a stair in the corner went up to the chamber or loft above. ...
... God grant they be cleansed at last forsooth one of them who is now alive is a foul swine and a cruel wolf. Art thou all so sure, scholar, that all ...
... press on, for I do what is meet and right. Nay, said I, did I not tell thee e'en now that I knew life but not death? I am not dead and as to who ...
... mightier more recourse shall there be of foreign merchants. There shall be plenty in the land and not famine. Where a man now earneth two pennies he ...
... the times of famine, and all shall pray for the prices of wares to rise, so that the forestallers and regraters may thrive, and that some of their well-doing ...
... where things have not gone as well, they shall have less than they need and even so it is with us now, and thereof cometh scarcity and famine and ...
... Then indeed shall men be changed from what they are now, and they shall be sluggards, dolts, and cowards beyond all the earth hath yet borne. Such are ...
... a new game, and are fain to work under me at vine-dressing. But do thou stand by me and set me right if I order them wrong: but the rest of you go play! The ...
... tax or tale upon us, think twice of it, for we may not bear it. And all this I say with the less fear, because I perceive this man here beside me, in ...
... Morris: William Morris (24 March 1834-3 October 1896) was an English artist, writer, and socialist. He was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ...