England and the Reformation (A.D. 1485-1603)

England and the Reformation (A.D. 1485-1603)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... with alarm. To check it numerous statutes had been passed, but, like the Licinian Rogations of ancient Rome, they were evaded or were of little effect. A single furrow would be driven across a broad plain to satisfy the requirement that it "must be under the plough." Economic forces were too strong for legislation to overcome. The change, although ultimately of benefit to the whole nation, yet at the time inflicted much distress upon the peasants. Not only did they lose their employment, but they were also robbed of rights which they possessed over the wastes, when these were fenced in by the lords. Many of them sank into vagrants. Their sufferings had been one of the elements in the Pilgrimage of Grace. After the death of Henry the great landowners were left without any control, and inclosures went on at a quickened rate. The ferment among the peasantry grew. Riots and disturbances ensued. The crisis, already a serious one, was aggravated by Somerset's rash actions. A demagogue and an enthusiast in temper, he sympathised with the peasants and interfered personally on their behalf, issuing commissions to inquire into their grievances and promising them redress. He thus encouraged them in their opposition to the inclosure system, and inspired them with hopes which he could not satisfy. Moreover, the debasement of the coinage resorted to by the late king had been continued and carried to still further lengths. Quantities of money of less pure metal were issued. The result was a constant and general rise in the price of commodities. By this the misery of the commonalty was deepened. In the summer of 1549 the smouldering discontent burst out into open rebellion in the eastern counties and in the south-west. The eastern rising was entirely...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515714
  • 9781236515711