(La). An insurrection of the peasantry of France in
1358, excited by the oppressious of the privileged classes and Charles
the Bad of Navarre, while King Jean was a prisoner in England. When the
peasants complained, and asked who was to redress their grievances,
they were told in scorn Jacques Bonhomme (Johnny Goodman),
i.e. no one. At length a leader appeared, called himself Jacques
Bonhomme, and declared war to the death against every gentleman in
France. In six weeks some 12,000 of these insurgents were cut down, and
amongst their number was the leader himself. (See Jack,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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