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Elizabethan Era Occupations

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Catherine Ho

on 19 April 2011

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The Elizabethan Era During Elizabethan era, occupation varies. People would do every trick in the book just to survive. Making weapons, clothes, working in the house, working in the castle, selling goods in the marketplace, and healing others were just some of the more common trades of the time.

From owning a small business to ruling a country, the Elizabethan Era was well knit together with the spice of life - variety. For the most part, this was an age where there was a lot of change. Change occurred in the medical sciences, fashion, weapons, and more. Just as today the amount of wages was purely dependent on the job, or occupation. The Elizabethan lower classes would have only only traded in pennies - a pound would have been out of their reach in terms of spendable money and currency. Some examples of the wages which were earned during the Elizabethan period are as follows:

A nobleman - £1500 to £3000 per annum

A merchant - £100 per annum

A parson - £20 per annum

A carpenter - £13 per annum

A laborer - £1500 to £3000 per annum

A nobleman - £5 per annum

Here are some of the many Elizabethan occupations: APOTHECARY
An Apothecy dispensed remedies made from herbs, plants and roots. Elizabethan physicians were expensive and a priest often held this occupation, often the only recourse for sick, poor people.
BAKER
Bread was a daily staple of Elizabethan life, and good bakers were employed by Nobles in their castles.
BARBER
A Barber had many occupations in relation to personal care. Barbers would cut hair but would also serve as dentists, surgeons and blood-letters.
BLACKSMITH
The Blacksmith was one of the most important, albeit lowly, occupations of the Elizabethan era. Blacksmiths forged weapons, sharpened weapons, repaired armor.
CHAPLAIN
The Chaplain was responsible for the religious activities of a castle servants and Men at arms. The duties might also include that of a clerk and keeping accounts. A Priest would usually looked after the spiritual needs and confessions of the Nobles and their families
COTTAR
A Cottar was one of the lowest peasant occupations, undertaken by the old or infirm, who had a series of low duties including swine-herd,, prison guard and menial tasks
MARSHAL
Marshal was the officer in charge of a household's horses, carts, wagons, containers and the transporting of goods.
MINSTREL
Minstrels provided Castle entertainment in the form of singing and playing musical instruments. MONEYLENDER
Moneylenders were the Elizabethan bankers.
PHYSICIAN
Physicians were a very highly regarded and respected occupation. Bleeding, lancing and surgical procedures were practised.
SCULLION
Scullions were the lowest of kitchen workers whose duties included washing and cleaning the kitchen
SPINSTER
Spinster was the name of the occupation given to a woman who earned her living spinning yarn. The Spinning Wheel was invented during the Elizabethan era. Later the term Spinster was used to describe any unmarried woman SQUIRE
A Squire was junior to a Knight. It was the duty of a Squire to learn about the Code of Chivalry, the rules of Heraldry, horsemanship and practise the use of weapons. It was also their duty to enter into court life and learn courtly etiquette, music and dancing.
Most Elizabethan people had jobs and very few were going hungry. The people during Elizabethan era were quite wealthy in comparison to other times in England's history. While there was still a distinct difference between upper class and lower class citizens, the majority of Elizabethans saw this era as a great time of prosperity for the country as a whole. There were so many things to do especially since the time seems to be changing in the blink of an eye. Professions would vary from a simple task of catching a rabbit to working with the queen. The End!
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