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Daily Life for Royal Men and Women in the Elizabethan Times

By Ellie Haynes
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Transcript of Daily Life for Royal Men and Women in the Elizabethan Times

By Ellie Haynes Daily Life for Royal Men and Women in the Elizabethan Era Clothing Society in the Elizabethan era, was divided by class. What you wore, depended on what class you were a part of. Whether you were wealthy or poor, you could not choose what clothing you would wear each day. For royal people, clothes were based around geometric shape. Padding was used to emphasise the hips and shoulders. This was usually used for women but it was also used for men with a small waist. Clothing Food Elizabethan food also varied, depending on your social class. It was very important that any food that was going to be served to royalty, was presented nicely. Water was dirty and unsafe to drink in this period, therefore people drank wine and ale. Royals would mainly drink wine because they could afford it. The banquets and feasts that were served to royalty were luxurious and extravagant. During the Elizabethan period, new flavours and spices were being introduced. Elizabethan Nobles and upper classes wore a lot of expensive clothing made out of very costly materials, such as: velvet, satin, fur, lace, silk and cotton. The queen would usually wear an expensive red robe which had gold sleeves. Other members of the upper class wore expensive clothes too. Ruffs were a common component of a royal dress or robe. Food A royal feast or banquet would consist of 5 courses and the dining room table would be decorated with flowers and centrepieces. Royalty ate their food on expensive silverware dishes. Expensive sugar and spices were used to prepare dishes. Daily Life The royal family had a specific schedule to the time they were to eat their meals each day. Breakfast was usually served at around 6 or 7 in the morning. They would eat dinner at midday and supper was served at around 6 in the evening. Supper was the main meal of the day and there would be some form of entertainment. Daily Life Royal women were required to help and serve the royal men. They were raised to believe that men knew better! There were no schools for girls in this era, so royal women and girls were tutored at home. Elizabethan women were also forbidden to become a doctor or lawyer. Religious Beliefs There were two major religions in the Elizabethan period. They were the Catholic religion and the Protestant religion. These two religions had very different beliefs and they caused conflict. Schools taught the religion of what the king or queen was under. Queen Mary I believed entirely in the Catholic Religion. Elizabethan Catholics believed that their bible should be written in Latin, just like it had been for the previous 1000 years but the Protestants believed that their bible should be written in a language that all people of the community could understand. Bibliography 1.Elizabethan Upper Class Fashion N.d, , accessed 25 October 2012, <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-upper-class-fashion.htm>.

2.Elizabethan I, Queen of England N.d, , accessed 22 October 2012, <http://tudorhistory.org/elizabeth/>.

3."Elizabethan Banquet & Feast." Elizabethan. N.p., n.d. accessed 1 Nov. 2012. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-banquet-feast.htm>.

4."Elizabethan Era Royalty." Elizabethan Era England Life,Facts for Kids,Times,Women,Costumes,Education,Theatre,Children. N.p., n.d. accessed 1 Nov. 2012. <http://www.elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-era-royalty.html>.

5."Elizabethan Women." Elizabethan Era. N.p., n.d. accessed 1 Nov. 2012. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-women.htm>.

6.“Elizabethan Upper Class Fashion” Elizabethan Era. N.p., n.d. accessed 1 Nov. 2012. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-upper-class-fashion.htm>. Society in the Elizabethan Era was divided. The way people lived their lives completely depended on their social class. It is obvious that the wealthy and royal people in society lived the best lives, with good food, education and clothing.
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