Factors leading to an increase in beggars and vagabonds:
- Increasing unemployment: economic changes in the 1400s- SHEEP FARMING
- The monastries were closed down, so no help for the poor where there previously was.
- Increasing population - led to strain on food supplies and INFLATION caused prices to rise
- There was no system to help the needy - like we have benefits today for those who are unemployed and 'The Welfare State' set up after WW2
Types of Beggar:
In 1531, beggars were classed as: