chapter  II
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FROM the last chapter it should be clear that social conditions in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth forced thousands of small farmers, labourers, and old-time dependants upon nobles to become vagabonds. The problem that confronted these poor homeless rogues was how to get a living without land and, if possible, without labour. In order to find out how they did this we must study the contemporary literature describing their lives and tricks, supporting this account, where we can, by the evidence of historical records, which, interesting in themselves, become doubly so with this voluminous literature of rogue pamphlets for commentary.