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Monarchs in the sixteenth-century led peripatetic lives. They not only moved from royal palace to royal palace but also made summer progresses through the shires. Until the Dissolution of the Monasteries it was customary for the monarch to rely upon monastic hospitality en route. Thereafter, the local notability bore the burden. Under both Edward and Mary summer progresses went into abeyance but Elizabeth revived the practice. Many houses were built expressly to entertain the Queen (for example, Longleat, Theobalds and Holdenby) and are known as prodigy houses.