Why did poverty and vagabondage increase in Elizabethan England?

This lesson will examine why poverty and vagabondage increased in Elizabethan England. It will examine the role of various factors such as population increase, changes in farming and changes in the countryside. It will look at how these factors were interlinked in explaining the increase in poverty in this period. It will also consider why poverty was considered such a problem at this time and why people in Elizabethan society believed the poor represented a threat to the social order.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.What have historians often referred to culture in Elizabethan England as?

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Q2.Who were the 'Queen's Men'?

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Q3.Which group of people were most likely to sit in the 'pit' during a performance at the theatre?

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Q4.Which group in society were most likely to listen to music during banquets, feasts and celebrations in Elizabethan England?

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Q5.Which popular spectator sport involved setting a pack of dogs to attack a bear which was chained up?

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Q6.Which popular spectator sport involved making two cockrels with metal spurs on their beaks fight each other?

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Q7.Which group of people did not approve of spectator sports like cock-fighting or bear-baiting?

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Q8.Which of these was NOT a very popular sport amongst the upper classes of Elizabethan society?

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Q9.Which of these is NOT a sport that women participated in, in Elizabethan England?

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Q10.Which sport had a reputation for being particularly violent in Elizabethan England?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What have historians often referred to culture in Elizabethan England as?

1/10

Q2.Who were the 'Queen's Men'?

2/10

Q3.Which group of people were most likely to sit in the 'pit' during a performance at the theatre?

3/10

Q4.Which group in society were most likely to listen to music during banquets, feasts and celebrations in Elizabethan England?

4/10

Q5.Which popular spectator sport involved setting a pack of dogs to attack a bear which was chained up?

5/10

Q6.Which popular spectator sport involved making two cockrels with metal spurs on their beaks fight each other?

6/10

Q7.Which group of people did not approve of spectator sports like cock-fighting or bear-baiting?

7/10

Q8.Which of these was NOT a very popular sport amongst the upper classes of Elizabethan society?

8/10

Q9.Which of these is NOT a sport that women participated in, in Elizabethan England?

9/10

Q10.Which sport had a reputation for being particularly violent in Elizabethan England?

10/10

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Why did poverty and vagabondage increase in Elizabethan England?

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Q1.How much did the population increase between 1550 and 1600?

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Q2.What did enclosure lead to a reduction in?

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Q3.What does the word inflation mean?

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Q4.Which of these is NOT a consequence of population increase in the 16th century?

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Q5.Which of these is NOT a consequence of increased sheep-farming in the 16th century?

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Q6.How much did the population of London increase between 1550 and 1603?

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Q7.A series of bad what lead to increased food prices in the 1590s?

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Q8.Why did increased sheep-farming in the 16th century lead to increased unemployment?

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Q9.What is a 'vagabond'?

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Q10.What did many farmers start to do in the 16th century which lead to a reduction in the amount of common land available?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Why did poverty and vagabondage increase in Elizabethan England?

You should complete this quiz after completing the lesson 'Why did poverty and vagabondage increase in Elizabethan England?'

Q1.How much did the population increase between 1550 and 1600?

1/10

Q2.What did enclosure lead to a reduction in?

2/10

Q3.What does the word inflation mean?

3/10

Q4.Which of these is NOT a consequence of population increase in the 16th century?

4/10

Q5.Which of these is NOT a consequence of increased sheep-farming in the 16th century?

5/10

Q6.How much did the population of London increase between 1550 and 1603?

6/10

Q7.A series of bad what lead to increased food prices in the 1590s?

7/10

Q8.Why did increased sheep-farming in the 16th century lead to increased unemployment?

8/10

Q9.What is a 'vagabond'?

9/10

Q10.What did many farmers start to do in the 16th century which lead to a reduction in the amount of common land available?

10/10

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