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What caused Tudor poverty and what did Tudor goverments do to reduce the number of the poor.

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What caused Tudor poverty and what did Tudor goverments do to reduce the number of the poor In Tudor England at the time of Edward V1 there was a huge diffrerence between the lives of poor people and the rich. There were many reasons for this. The lords were changing from growing wheat to farming sheep. Needing fewer men for work. Henry V111 had closed down all the monestries and the monks had no jobs. Also the poor people who relied the monks to feed them couldn't get food from the monestries any more. A lot of the lords had had private armies. ...read more.

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People who Henry felt couldn't help being poor he helped. This included giving them license to beg. If they were caught begging and they didn'have a license they would be whipped. This would leave great scars, so if they if they were caught again they would have the lobe of thier ear cut off, and the ear doesn't grow back so if they were caught they would be hung. In Edward V1's time the vagabonds would be branded on the tongue. These punishments didn't do anything to help the poor. In Elizabeth's time minsters tried various ways, like the House of Correction, which was a bit like a prison in our days. ...read more.

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They put soapy water into their mouths and it would look like they had epilepsy. Some poor people were tricked into joining the army.Agents from the army would put a coin into a persons drink and when it touched their lips they would have to join the army. This at least stopped the poor being beggers. I would not like being a begger in those days because the poor couldn't afford to have a doctor and many were disabled. There was no one to turn to for help and you wouldn't of lived for very long. Other poor people might of attacked you. At the beginning of the Tudor time the goverment just punished you for being poor. Things got a bit better when people like Robert Wheller helped the poor. Edward Sloan. ...read more.

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