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About this Course
About the Course
In this course, Dr Jonathan Healey (University of Oxford) provides a source-rich account of the lived experience and legislation affecting the English poor during the 16th and 17th centuries. In the first lecture, we provide an introduction to poverty in early modern England. In the second lecture, we survey the poor law legislation which was passed in 16th-century England, before in the third lecture moving on to look at the legislation passed in the 17th century. In the fourth lecture, we look at who the poor actually were, before in the fifth and final lecture looking at the creation of a poor law system.
About the Lecturer
Dr Jonathan Healey is an Associate Professor in Social History at the University of Oxford. He is an expert on early modern social history and the history of the English Civil War and Revolution, in particular the English poor and poor laws. His recent publications include his recent, major new history of the Seventeenth Century, The Blazing World: A New History of Revolutionary England (2023) and The First Century of Welfare: Poverty and Poor Relief in Lancashire, 1620-1730 (2014).