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Datebook: July 15 – John Ball hanged, drawn and quartered 630 years ago

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John Ball was an English Lollard priest who took a prominent part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Much of what is known about him comes from hostile sources liable to exaggerate his political and Christian radicalism. He gained fame as a roving preacher, insistent on social equality. Ball was in the archbishop’s prison at Maidstone, Kent when uprisings began and was released by rebels. He then gave an open sermon, from which he was accused of urging his audience to kill principal lords and lawyers. He was again taken prisoner, given a trial and was subsequently hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II on 15 July 1381, his head was stuck on a pike on London Bridge.

It’s Friday, July 15th

Tomorrow night at 7, the Radioactive City RollerGirls battle it out against the Central Arkansas RollerGirls at the Paducah Expo Center.  Tickets are 10 dollars, and ages 12 and under get in free.  Bring a donation item for the Family Service Society to receive 2 dollars off the admission price.

As part of the Summer Music Festival series, Lew Jetton and 61 South will be playing on the courthouse steps in Mayfield tomorrow night at 7.  The concert is free to the public.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The 10th Annual Fred Paxton Fund Run for Charities takes place tomorrow morning at Noble Park in Paducah.  Registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 at shelter 10, and the 5K race begins at 8.  There’s also a one-mile youth run.  The entry fee is 30 dollars for the 5K, or 10 dollars for the youth run.  Part of the entry fee goes to the charity of your choice.

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