The Origins of Modern Social Legislation: The Henrician Poor Law of 1536

  title={The Origins of Modern Social Legislation: The Henrician Poor Law of 1536},
  author={Neil L. Kunze},
It is the purpose of this essay to rescue the Henrician Poor Law of 1536 from its relative obscurity by examining the statute as the beginning of a new legislative era in English economic and social history. Although the non-exist ence of House of Commons Journals for this period prevents a detailed study of the making and makers of the Henrician poor law legislation, documents hitherto neglected, exist for a comparative study of Tudor poor law policy. Whether dealing with the nineteenth… 
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