Wolsey's domestic policy - enclosure

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  • Enclosure
    • Fencing off common land for profitable sheep rearing
      • In 1517 a national inquiry was launched.
        • many of those brought to court were ordered to rebuild houses that had been destroyed and return land to arable farming
          • His actions furthered his unpopularity with the ruling classes.
    • Responsible for rural deprevation and poverty
      • three statutes had been passed against enclosure before but had been ignored.
    • There is a question of the long term practical results of Wolsey's activities.
      • Enclosure continued to take place and rural poverty climbed


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