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The Daily Life of a Commoner during the Elizabethan Era

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Delaney McDowell

on 9 May 2013

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Transcript of The Daily Life of a Commoner during the Elizabethan Era

Women Women had unimaginable lives compared to men. They did not get any schooling, or did not receive any type of education. They had to learn how to govern a house and had to become skilled at duties around the house. Occupations Many times, a job differed on the gender of the worker. Common jobs for men included: farmers, tradesmen, craft workers, merchants, hired help, servants, and waiters. Daily Life of a Commoner By: Hanna Schinstock and Delaney McDowell What was the Renaissance? The Renaissance occurred in northern Italy and Europe between the times of the 1400s to the mid 1600s. The Renaissance was new thoughts in technology and science. Commoners say they live a plain and simple life; however, there are many rules and ways of life these people must follow. A commoner is a person during the Elizabethan Era that is part of the middle class or a social class called the Yeoman. These people were not considered part of the Monarch or Gentry, but were not in the social class of being a Laborer. General Information -Men had the most freedom in the family.
-A woman's job was to keep the house clean.
-Men had more job options than women.
-All commoners came together to celebrate traditions. Men Men had the most things to do. They could
buy land and become landowners, but men
could not become gentlemen (Secara). Men Although men commoners lived simple lives, they still had to work to support their family. Some jobs would include farmers and trade workers. All men took their religion very seriously. Many people during this era compared women to male commoners, and the women were always considered inferior to males. This is because at this time in history, men had the most freedom for it was said that they were much better than women (Elizabethan Customs). Women Women did not get many job opportunities. The main job they did was to be a housewife. They would live comfortably and simply. The only job they could do was to govern their household. Traditions Commoners celebrate many holidays. It did not matter what gender one was because everybody would celebrate traditions or holidays. The church would hold almost all of the festivals, and there were many occasions that were celebrated. Traditions Four holidays that they celebrated include:
-Lamma's Day
-Midsummer Eve Nobody had any dreams because they knew it would not come true. It was not worth fighting for them. So they stayed where they were and lived a life of repetition. They had a schedule of doing the exact same thing every day. Even though commoners once got a little freedom, they were lost in repetition from doing the same thing every single day. Works Cited
Elizabethan Customs. n.d. Web. 21 April 2013.
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Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations in the Elizabethan Era. 2013. Web. 22 April 2013.
Secara, Maggie. Life in Elizabethan England. n.d. Web. 22 April 2013.
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Traditions -Christmas: honoring the 12 days in the Bible and December as the 12th month.
-Easter: resembles religious mysteries and human thoughts one has towards warmth and light.
-Lamma's Day: celebrating the first wheat harvest of the season and year.
-Midsummer Eve: celebrates the creation of young leaves and grasses as the summer begins. (Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations in the Elizabethan Era).
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