Poor Tudors

By Tim Lambert In the 16th century, about half the population lived at subsistence (bare survival) level. Life for them was hard and rough. During the 16th century, there was inflation, especially in the mid-century, and prices rose steeply. Wages rose too but less than prices so real earnings fell. They reached their lowest point in 1597.… Continue reading Poor Tudors

Rich Tudors

By Tim Lambert Houses of the Rich In the Middle Ages, rich people’s houses were designed for defence rather than comfort. In the 16th century, life was safer so houses no longer had to be easy to defend. It was an age when rich people built grand houses e.g. Cardinal Wolsey built Hampton Court Palace.… Continue reading Rich Tudors

Tudor Astronomy

By Tim Lambert Nicolaus Copernicus In the 16th century and the early 17th century, there were huge advances in astronomy. People’s view of the universe changed completely. The first great astronomer was Nicolaus Copernicus. He was born on 19 February 1473 in the Polish town of Torun. An ancient Greek called Aristarchus (c 310-230 BC)… Continue reading Tudor Astronomy