Strangers Settled Here Amongst Us: Policies, Perceptions, and the Presence of Aliens in Elizabethan England

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APPENDIX B—NORWICH BOOK OF ORDERS FOR DUTCH AND WALLOON STRANGERS, 1564-1643 [NRO MF/RO 31/1]

This remarkable and lengthy manuscript documents the major events touching the aliens after the 1564 invitation to settle and their subsequent 1565 settlement in Norwich. I have excerpted the section beginning with the eight original articles of regulation imposed on the strangers shortly after their settlement and ending with the selection of twelve ‘governors’ to represent and oversee the Dutch and Walloon communities after complaints against them by some natives. These folios well illustrate the cooling of relations in the early period of adjustment and the subsequent restrictions placed on the aliens as the municipal authorities sought both to maintain peace and to profit by the strangers’ presence.

[f. 18v]

Master Thomas Sotherton Maior the better order, was Drawne oute (withe their consente after the mannor of their countrye certayne orders for them to be observed and putte in execution: the contents be as hereafter ensewethe

Articles agreed vpon at the straungers fyrst cominge hether, and were then observed and put in execution.

i article

ii ald [ermen] to here all their cawses & appease them

In primus, it is ordeygned, that twoo aldermen wherof one to be a Iustyce of the peace shall have to hearinge of all matters of contravercie (yf anie suche maye happen to arise) and beinge thervnto required shall Do their indeavoure to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vi
  • Maps vii
  • Preface viii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - ‘strangers Settled Here’ 9
  • 2 - Dichotomies in English Attitudes Toward the Aliens 36
  • 3 - The Presence of Aliens and Government Policy in the Reign of Elizabeth I 61
  • 4 - Aliens, Policy, and the Elizabethan Economy 95
  • Conclusion 114
  • Appendix A—colchester Contribution Book to the Poor (1582-92) 118
  • Appendix B—norwich Book of Orders for Dutch and Walloon Strangers, 1564-1643 [nro Mf/Ro 31/1] 122
  • Notes 128
  • Bibliography 160
  • Index 173
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