Dissolution of the Monasteries<sup>1</sup>

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

Dissolution of the Monasteries1

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This chapter examines property law related to the dissolution of the monasteries in England during the Tudor period. The dissolution of religious houses, and the redistribution of their lands to laymen, was the biggest upheaval in landholding in England since the Norman conquest because it affected between a fifth and a quarter of the land in the country. The dissolution gave the king not only a source of revenue but also an enormous source of patronage wherewith the goodwill of the nobility and gentry, and their easier reconciliation to the new settlement of religion, could be secured.

Keywords: dissolution of the monasteries; land redistribution; property law; patronage; landholding; revenue

Chapter.  4965 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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