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On the Parish? – The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550-1750 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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On the Parish?: The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550-1750

Steve Hindle


This book is a study of the negotiations which took place over the allocation of poor relief in the rural communities of 16th-, 17th-, and early 18th-century England. It analyses the relationships between the enduring systems of informal support through which the labouring poor made attempts to survive for themselves; the expanding range of endowed charity encouraged by the late 16th-century statutes for charitable uses; and the developing system of parish relief co-ordinated under the Elizabethan poor laws. Based on research in the archives of the trustees who administered endowments, of the ... More

Keywords: poor relief, rural communities, informal support, labouring poor, charity, parish relief, Elizabethan poor laws, parish officers, kin, neighbours

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271320
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Hindle, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick
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