Wealth, Justice and the Medieval Poor Law: 1864–70

  • Graham A. MacDonald


Following the death of his father in 1864, Ruskin was now independently wealthy with domestic duties. He went on the lecture circuit, carried out extensive correspondence and became embroiled in public affairs issues including the Colenso heresy trial and the Governor Eyre controversy. He also published on diverse topics. Time and Tide (1867) was a major statement of his political views, alarming to some for its authoritarian-sounding conservative claims. His thought had also turned towards Dante and the historical details of medieval welfare practices, with the concept of usury starting to take on a larger place in his economic thinking.


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