2 - Poverty in Elizabethan Times, Causes of Poverty - The Elizabethan Era

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What had society always had a proportion of?
Classified poor people.
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What did these poor people need?
Help and support from others.
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Throughout the medieval period, what had a key role in looking after the poor?
The church.
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What did they provide?
Shelter and relief in alms-houses or monasteries.
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What are 'alms-houses'?
A house for the poor, paid for by charity.
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Who had also made donations to help relieve the poor?
The rich.
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How many categories of classifying the poor did Tudor Governments come to?
Two.
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What were they known as?
The Impotent Poor & The Able-bodied Poor.
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What was 'The Impotent Poor'?
Those who couldn't work due to age, hardship or some other infirmity. It was recognized that these individuals were in need of poor relief.
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What was 'The Able-Bodied Poor'?
Those who are capable of work, but unwilling/unable to find employment. They needed encouraged or forced to find work to prevent them resorting to begging.
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Was there a sharp rise in poverty during Elizabeth's reign?
Yes.
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Could the charitable system of support cope with this increasing number?
No.
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What was the government forced to do?
Pass a series of acts to help regulate, administer and control relief of the poor.
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What was introduced?
A system of poor relief which remained unchanged for the next 200 years.
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Give four examples of why poverty increased during the 16th century.
1. Rising inflation. 2. Bad harvests. 3. Rising population. 4. Changes in the cloth industry.
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