What did the Royal Almoner do in Britain and Ireland, c.1450-1700?
Houston R A
This article attempts to shed new light on almoners by exploring what they actually did, principally in the enforcement of the law on suicide, their conception of charity in handling the affairs of suicide victims, & the benevolent uses to which they put forfeited assets. While apparently focusing on an “odd man out”, suicide, the article examines the ideological basis & practical impact of the almoner’s involvement with Tudor & Stuart society at large, rather than simply his function at court. (192 notes)