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Rich and poor in Tudor times
QCA Unit 8

What's the big idea?

In Tudor times, rich people lived in comfort. They built fine houses with glass in the windows and portraits on the walls. They wore splendid clothes and filled their houses with furniture.

The things they left behind them tell us a good deal about their life. Life was much harder for poor people, although we know much less about them. They suffered from hunger and disease and were harshly punished for begging.