This chapter explores the thresholds of belonging set by ratepayers and parish officers in deciding how eligibility for relief should be decided, and details the techniques they deployed in ridding themselves of prospective burdens. It emphasizes the tensions between the Elizabethan poor laws and the 1589 statute regulating the accommodation of inmates and lodgers; discusses the significance of marriage as a process through which poor strangers might be identified and excluded; and illustrates the variables that might explain why some poor migrants were assimilated to, and others marginalized from, the community of the parish.
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