Monastic Poor Relief in Sixteenth-Century England

  title={Monastic Poor Relief in Sixteenth-Century England},
  author={Neil S. Rushton and Wendy Sigle-Rushton},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
The amount of poor relief providedby religious houses and hospitals in pre-Reformation England on the eve of the Dissolution, as well as its proportion to income, can be retrieved from the government's fiscal assessment of the Church--the Valor Ecclesiasticus(1535). An accurate calculation, however, requires the use of a statistical methodology to model, and correct for, the bias inherent in the members of the commission appointedby the state to perform the audit.This novel approach to the… 

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