Henry the VIII was King of England from 1457 - 1509. According to Wikipedia, "About one-third of the population lived in poverty, with the wealthy expected to give alms to assist the impotent poor. Tudor law was harsh on the able-bodied poor i.e., those unable to find work. Those who left their parishes in order to locate work were termed vagabonds and could be subjected to punishments, including whipping, burning, execution and putting at the stocks. Average life span was 35 years. High rates of child mortality saw only 33–50% of the population reaching the age of 16. Although home to only a small part of the population the Tudor municipalities were overcrowded and unhygienic. Most municipalities were unpaved although this differed in larger towns and cities.
This was the setting in which Matilda Marchmont, the first Girl for All Time Doll, "lived". I'll post more tomorrow about life in Tudor times.
And, as I mentioned, I'm giving away one Matilda, A Girl for All Time doll! If you have "liked" grandma's cookie jar using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG, then you are entered in the drawing. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please be sure to comment to let me know if you share so I can give you your additional entry). Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you for sharing it with the people you know!