Flashcards in The Poor Deck (9)
Religious reasons for poverty?
The reformation left church employs without work
Closure of monasteries
Agriculture and poverty?
Bad harvests between 1594-1598
Led to starvation
Inflation- increased food prices
Enclosure- landlords keeping their sheep on land rather then grow crops
Not enough jobs
Population increase and poverty?
Population went from 2.8 million to 4 million
Attitudes towards the poor?
Many believed they should help
Almshouses were established
Many nobles believed they were better then the poor
Who were the undeserving poor?
Beggars who had no interest in honest work
A book published to label all poor as lazy and criminals was published in 1567
What did the idle poor do?
Clapper dudgeon wild cut him self and tie dirty bandages around the wounds to gain sympathy
Early attempts to deal with poverty
Beggars were punished
They were whipped
Passed in 1601
Stated that wealthy should pay tax
Poor people should be given work
Many people believe it didn’t really make a difference