According to the Elizabethan book I mentioned on the other list, 100
pounds would get you about 214.25 acres of land (30 acre holding at
14 pounds). They list an Esquire at around 500-1000 pounds annually,
but remember Elizabethan inflation compared to Henrician times (about
150% according to this book to a time of a century or so prior).
On another site (one ciorstan mentioned I believe), one of the
Queen's Maids of Honor would have received income of about 40 pounds
annually (plus room, food, and some clothes maybe, although her
family would also be expected to purchase appropriate garments as
well). Again, remember inflation. A Maid of Honor during Henry's time
may have only gotten 20-30 pounds a year (although that's just an
On Jul 1, 2007, at 3:31 PM, Chris Catalfamo wrote:
> Re: 1533 Sumptuary Law: Woman and silk.
> How much wealth do you have to have to be allowed to wear silk in
> 1533? I know it's 100 pounds but what does that mean in terms of
> class, land, occupation, title, etc?
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