Tudor Money and Finance

A Tudor Shilling

  Coinage Tudor money was in the form of coins and there were no paper notes. At the beginning of the Tudor period,  the coins in existence were: a silver penny, a groat which was … Read more

Tudor Sports

Tudor Tennis

Tudor sports were not a regular feature of life for the ordinary people. They worked long hours, often from sun up to sun down, and went to bed when it got dark.  In 1512 Henry … Read more

The Cloth Trade in Tudor England

Raw Sheep's wool

  The cloth trade was extremely important in Tudor England. Merchants dealt in the import and export of raw materials and  finished products. Cloth merchants were generally very wealthy men. Although linen was beginning to … Read more

The Stews in Tudor England

Southwark - Tudor London

The Stews was the name given to the most notorious brothels in London. The Tudor ‘red light’ district was situated south of the river Thames in Southwark. Located between Maid Lane and Bankside, they were … Read more

The Practice of Keeping Retainers

King Henry VII

  Definition of Retainers In the Middle Ages the Feudal System established a link between the different classes. Under the system, land was provided in return for a fee or service. By the beginning of … Read more

What was England like in 1500?

London 1500

Population In 1500 the population of England was about 3 million. Due to yearly outbreaks of plague and sickness the population stayed at about this number. There was a general shortage of labourers which meant … Read more