By A.L. Beier
This pamphlet examines fresh examine into the terrible legislation of Tudor and Stuart England. Dr Beier asks the query ‘who have been the poor?’ and in answering it locations the ‘problem of the terrible’ in its ancient context, analyzing it on the subject of medieval provisions for facing poverty. He exhibits how some distance laws was once encouraged by way of financial adjustments, via rules approximately poverty and by way of the pursuits of the legislators themselves. Dr Beier evaluates the various interpretations of the bad legislation, from those that have noticeable them as an early ‘welfare kingdom’ to those that have thought of them to be the manifestation of a ‘Protestant ethic’. the main poor-law statues are summarized in an appendix, and there's a necessary bibliography.