Peasants' War

(The), between 1500 and 1525. It was a frequent rising of the peasantry of Swabia, Franconia, Saxony, and other German states, in consequence of the tyranny and oppression of the nobles. In 1502 was the rebellion called the Laced Shoe, from its cognisance; in 1514, the League of Poor Conrad; in 1523, the Latin War. The insurgents were put down, and whereas they had been whipped before with scourges, they were now chastised with scorpions.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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