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The Pedants’ Revolt

John Rentoul

pedants revolt The Pedants RevoltNow that Twitter is becoming a picture-led medium, it is images that are retweeted most. The most successful image that I tweeted this week was this brilliant picture, made by Chris Green on Facebook, which reached me via Paul Rodgers and Matt Hoffman.

Inevitably, someone pointed out that the bloke on the horse is John Ball, one of the revolters, as it helpfully says on his robe. They weren’t revolting against him. He was addressing them and urging them on. (He was the priest who preached: “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?”) I mean, how pedantic can you get?

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