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FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ELIZABETHAN TIMES
Transcript of FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ELIZABETHAN TIMES
BY NICOLE AND MANALI
During the Elizabethan times, theatre was the most common form of entertainment, however, theatre was not the only one. There were a number of other activities that were done, some of which where mentioned in the "King of Shadows". Here are just a few examples.
In the Elizabethan Times, there were some days dedicated to feasting. It was a time where people would gather together to drink and enjoy themselves. A few examples of these days would be: Midsummer Day and Ascension Day
• Drinking ale and beer was very popular during Shakespeare’s time. People would get together at the local pub to sing along with each other as well as dance.
• Games like chess, checkers, cards , and tennis were extremely popular
• For those who were educated, reading books was very popular and often, they would read it in more than one language because they had a very extensive knowledge
Hunting and Fencing
•The upper class society also found entertainment in hunting as well as in fencing tournaments
• Bear-baiting was another form of entertainment, however, it was very vicious and bloody. It would involve tormenting the bear using English dogs and in some cases, the bear would be blind.
• There were often jobs that involved entertaining royalty or people of a higher status. Some of these jobs include:
o Jesters – had the role of being a fool and being similar to what we would call today, as a clown.
o Mummers – people who danced at festivals and dressed masked
or dressed in a dark costume
o Minstrels – a musician that travelled all over the country, singing legends, so that they could be told to many and passed down.
o Troubadours – like the minstrels, they were travelling musicians, however they sang love stories between a knight and a married noblewoman.
o Jugglers – people who performed tricks using illusions, much like what we would call today, as magicians
A sport that involved hunting birds, mainly hawks, which is why it's called hawking.
A sport contest that involved 2 medieval knights fighting on horseback using lances, which were long weapons used when charging.
As you can see, there are many forms of entertainment in the Elizabethan era, other than theatre.
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