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The Elizabethan view of the world
Transcript of The Elizabethan view of the world
Extended outside of the Firmament
Structure and Composition
The Sublunar World
also known as
Shakespeares generation view of the world
influenced by medieval traditions
rooted in the christian church
obey the laws of nature
beliefs still existing during the renaissance
man's birthright to govern the world
all celestial bodies orbit the earth
consists of 10 or 11 spheres
circular band of Fixed Stars
( i.e. stars that have no individual movement )
paths of the "stars"
8 concentric circles of the universe
the ordered universal world
many believed it influenced the periods in a year where night and day are of equal length
revolving from east to west every 24 hrs
also known as
God, the angels, and the souls of the blessed were believed to be there
acted as man's guardians
seen as God's messengers
controlled sphere movement
vast system of revolving celestial bodies
scholars believed it was filled with Aether
5th element, most pure.
flawless mixture of the elements
makes up stars and spheres
Its world of created objects
Social and political world
disobedience against God
(e.g. illnes, death, disorder)
God sends punishment
(man disturbed original harmony and peace)
God punished, but..
left man willpower and reason
Why? So that man can..
obey the commandments
study the bible
Influences on Man's Life
Fortune: willful female power
Constellations of the "stars"
The Four Elements
made up the whole universe
purer the nearer they were to Heaven
rawer, impurer toward the center
regarded as both
visible expression of God's intention
binds everything into a hierarchy
Chain of Being
1. Moving and Fixed Stars
2. Sublunar world
3. Social & political world
Differences in Creation
put world of gov't into order
distinguished between superior and inferior
divided from beauty and harmony
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