While the present-day plot produces a series of surreal confrontations, it is punctuated by a string of glimpses into the past. These begin when Swanscombe Man (the prehistoric human whose bones are the earliest evidence...
Insurrection followed Wat Tyler
's killing of a poll-tax collector for indecent rudeness to his daughter; this became known as the Peasants' Revolt.
November 1886-January 1887
published A Dream of John Ball in his socialist journal, Commonweal. It appeared in volume form in 1888.