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Discussing the Peasants' Revolt in the November 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine, Juliet Barker argues that Richard II was more sympathetic to the peasants’ demands than historians have traditionally had us believe.
Meanwhile, Angela Wright reveals how Gothic literature reflected the anxieties of the era in which it was written.
Elsewhere in the magazine, we visit the scene of the dramatic finale to the gunpowder plot – the conspiracy to blow up the houses of parliament.
The issue also features Andrew Roberts, who dismisses the contention that the French leader Napoleon was nothing more than an evil tyrant.