Curry, Elizabeth Anne
Master of Arts, History, Texas Tech University, December (1972)
England in the sixteenth century was a country caught in the grip of great changes, economic, social, political, and religious. Politically the Tudors v;ere a new dynasty establishing their own methods and followers; religiously the Reformation was dividing England; economically a price rise, coupled with the enclosure movement, was creating more poor and unemployed; and socially England was emerging from a feudal society to a modern one. Economically, England was facing its worst price rise to that date. If prices in 1510 are taken as the norm and represented by 100, they had risen to 167 in 1521. Prices dropped slightly in the early 1540′s but the index reached 200 by the late 1540′s. This index mirrors the prices of cheaper commodities which the common people wished to purchase.