Henry VIII and dissolution of the monasteries

The dissolution of the monasteries caused immense social problems, and the poor and the ordinary people suffered greatly thus. Many commentators noted after the suppression of the monasteries that beggars and vagrants become more noticeable in England and that social problem such as crime increased significantly.

After the disposal of their monastic lands and buildings, the majority of monks, friars and nuns were given money or pensions. However, there were some abbots and religious house leaders who refused to comply. They were executed and their monasteries destroyed.

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