During the 1607 uprising in Rockingham Forest more than fifty people defending common right were massacred. The commotion of forest commoners was a major step in the history of class struggle in England. New kinds of writing arose describing the class struggle, such as the seditious writing wrapped around a ball of wax (“living the poor doth want and living they shall have”) and thrown into a church choir, or such as Shakespeare’s treatment of the hard-hearted ruler faced with a starving populace in his Roman play Coriolanus (1608).
Peter Linebaugh - Jubilee: Or, How The Atlantic Working Class Used the Biblical Jubilee Against Capitalism, With Some Success
Linebaugh criss-crosses centuries and the Atlantic to talk about pre-Christian property law, imperialism, slavery, civil disobedience, religious practice, autodidactism, the commons, communism, commoning, pamphleteering, pan-Africanism and singing - lots and lots of singing.