For the Church of England only the bishops now benefit, at what cost?

Bishop Ball & Prince Charles
Bishop Ball & Prince Charles

In 1598 Edward Darcy Esquire, a groom at the court of by Elizabeth 1st was granted a monopoly on the manufacture and sale of playing cards. He couldn’t make playing cards but the queen liked indirect ways of making money for herself without raising taxes, while controlling trade and rewarding those who pleased her.

It’s a nice example of the mentality of Tudor times and use of the royal prerogative. The monarch saw nothing wrong in granting a monopoly that controlled a trade, while financially benefited the…

Ed Moore

Father, husband, work in technology, dabble in secularism.

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