Crime in Early modern England

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  • Why was there an increase in changes of treason and heresy under the Tudors
    • Changes in Society
      • Increase in population and decline of feudalism led to higher unemployment, which meant more people moved to urban areas in search of work, so towns and cities grew
        • Increase in crimes against the person due to petty theft and gang culture
      • The end of feudalism and new farming methods led to enclosure of land (disadvantage of poor)
      • Changes in people's religous beliefs and the religion of the monarch
        • Increase in crimes against authority due to increase in treason and heresy


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