-1535 Valor Ecclesiasticus: Cromwell presented this to the king as a policy of financial housekeeping, but really it as a survey to catalog the possession of the church. Cromwell’s intention was to find a reason to attack the monasteries. The reports on the monasteries we rather one sided and tended to only find problems with the monks and the morals at the monasteries. -Cromwell first begins to close the smaller monasteries. The monks and nuns displaced could go live in a Parrish, or receive a pension from the government. Most simply moved to the country and essentially become beggers.-1536 Cromwell begins to shut down the larger monasteries. This resulted in an enormous about of “loot” from the monasteries. Land and treasure now became part of the crown’s property. Centuries of art were confiscated and usually destroyed. Monastic libraries were broken up, but significant histories were destroyed. The crown’s income increased greatly with the addition of the land and money. The land was eventually given away, as prizes to favored nobles of the king, or sold.
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