Draft of the Poor Laws

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William Marshall: Draft of a Poor Law (1536) Inflation and population pressures plagued sixteenth-century Europe. This introduction to a "Poor Law," produced in England in 1536, shows how the governments of the time tried to solve some of their most pressing problems. According to this document, how (or why) do people become beggars? How would you describe the government's attitude towards the poor? What reasons are given here to explain how people become beggars? Forasmuch as the king's majesty has full and perfect notice that there be within this his realm as well a right great multitude of strong valiant beggars, (1) vagabonds and idle persons of both kinds, men and women, which though they might well labor for their living if they would will not yet put themselves to it as divers other of his true and faithful subjects do, but give themselves to live idly by begging and procuring of alms of the people, to the high displeasure of Almighty God, hurt of their own souls, evil example of others, and to the great hurt of the commonwealth of this realm; as also
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2008 for the course CULTURAL S 300 taught by Professor Mcquinn during the Spring '08 term at Pratt.

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