The great majority of Henry

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The great majority of Henry's subjects had to deal with basic economic hardships, which  were the royal administration had difficulty addressing. There were major economic  troubles early in Henry's reign, such as an increase in rural unemployment, and the  raising of rents and fines for tenant farmers, who increasingly formed the bulk of the  population. Along with rising prices, due to a general inflation which few if any of Henry's  financial ministers comprehended, there was also a rising population, which  compounded the difficulties. While Thomas Wolsey was chancellor, Henry's government  was determined to help the poor, passing legislation which forbade enclosure, the  practice by which local lords closed off with fences lands which had customarily been  used as common farming spaces for poor folks. This policy angered the landed gentry  in the countryside, and, what is more, was not very effective. With onsets of plague and 
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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