Essay on The Main Impact On Poverty

1529 Words Feb 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Approaches to poverty mean the different ways the country tried to combat and “cleanse” the land from the poor. In 1536, England was a country undergoing huge changes. The monasteries were being dissolved, and England faced a big rebellion, the Pilgrimage of Grace, from Northerners whom were angry about the religious changes. Attitudes to poverty were not at all sympathetic; many hated and distrusted those unemployed whom travelled around (vagabonds). This distrust was not helped by those who pretended to be disabled, who were called “cranks”. This essay will look at the different acts that were put in place and see if the approaches changed significantly in the years 1536-76.
A major impact on the increase of poverty were the closure of the monasteries from 1536-39, an act motivated by the own personal matters of Henry VIII. Monasteries had provided hospitals, charity, shelter and education amongst many other things. In some places where the monastery was the centre of life, the community collapsed. Land the monasteries had been on was sold off, making more profit for Henry. Because of this, sheep farming increased, which in turn produced enormous profits for landowners. This was a newer industry, but one that required fewer workers and therefore added to the unemployment problem England was already facing. It can be seen that Henry, in his reign, was not focused on the problem of poverty. It could be argued that his approach was harsh, in that both he and the government…

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