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Elizabethan Era; Living Conditions

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Michelle Huang

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by Kelvin Liu and Michelle Huang Houses
Had carvings done on the wood
There were few chairs, instead they sat on chests to utilize the interior of the house and they used chests for added beauty.
Started developing things like built in shelves to make everything more efficient
Had rugs that accumulated filth very quickly.
Paid great attention to beds; the more lavish the bed, the more status; they started making mattresses out of feathers rather than straw What Houses Looked Like called a tudor house which was a house that was developed in an era before the Elizabethan Era
houses were built around an inner courtyard
included rooms like a great hall where most gatherings took place
it also included a winter parlor that served as a dining room and a private room for the family to spend time together How Houses Were Built During the Renaissance, the time period called for more beauty and comfort rather than more traditional ways, where homes were built as mini forts.
houses were usually built in the shape of either an "e" or an "h" and it was possibly a tribute to Queen Elizabeth and King Henry VIII, the two most beloved English rulers of all time.
houses were built to have more windows that were traditionally a supposed invasion of privacy; it was a new concept because usually people in that era valued privacy in their homes.
they were generally built with wood with a natural scent to give the home a nice, woodsy scent to mask the odors of no showering. Family Life and How It Influenced Living Conditions Since families were extremely close and they shared everything, it was much harder to keep clean because no one bathed regularly.
women were the ones who had to concoct herbs to possibly make a useful medicine if someone in the family was sick from a disease that had to do with being filthy
your life depended on what the man of the house's rules were; if the man wanted to do something together as to visit a sick relative, you were to do so even though you might catch the disease. Common Rules and How They Influenced Living Conditions rules were determined by the laws that were made by the monarch
everyone had to go to church on Sundays which made living conditions worse because of the different degrees of filthiness conjugating at one place
Having good neighborly relations was an unspoken rule, so families that were close friends with their neighbors often caught each other's diseases and this helped disease spread which made living conditions less then desirable. Living Conditions in the Elizabethan Era During this era, there was no such thing as running water or electricity, so their way of life was much simpler and relied much more on people doing what the could. Normal hygiene was not normal and apart of everyday life. Something to Keep In Mind How they looked like
how they were built Exterior: Interior Family Life and
Common Rules
of the Time Personal Hygiene and City Hygiene
-the city of London was very crowded and dirty, and this contributed to many major diseases like the bubonic plague and smallpox.
-houses were crammed together-chamber pots were emptied out the window, butchers threw dead carcasses out into the street
-Daily life was loud, with all that fighting, yelling, and even normal conversation was loud. Nobody drank any water, only tea or ale, and most of the time they were tipsy.-Ale was the staple drink of all Londoners, and wine was reserved for the higher ups. London was most definitely not sober. -at most only took about a couple baths per YEAR. They didn't really care back then.
-the upper class was more fortunate and could bathe once every couple weeks
-even if they did bathe, the process was very dirty. The water they used was considered unfit for drinking.
-the hair fared a little better. They washed their hair separately, and added a little of lye soap. The citizens probably did this more often than bathing.
-There was no running water, no indoor toilets, no toilet paper. People generally used hay or clumps of grass to wipe their rear ends. Personal Hygiene City Life Diseases and Illnesses Caused by Uncleanliness Note that at this time, the theories of how disease spread was not yet invented. -The bubonic plague was the most deadly disease during the Elizabethan era. Along with it's cousin the pneumonic plague, it wiped out a third of Europe's population. It was spread by fleas living on rats that were in London's many dirty alleyways.
-All the normal stuff like broken bones or simple flesh wounds also got infected because of the way people were doing things: unclean. Diseases during Elizabethan England -Ancient ideas of medicine did not help patients at all; it either worsened it or just killed them right then and there. Very helpful.
-Believed in the four humours: yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. An imbalance of the four will lead to the disease. The doctor or physician then prescribes food that promotes the negative humour.
-Cramped conditions made for faster transfer of diseases.
-most were treated in unsanitary conditions, which made the disease in question even worse.-the only reason the physicians themselves didn't get the plague was because their outfit covered them from head to toe, no skin exposed. The mask they wore let them breathe different air, not the patient's air. Treatment The End (: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/uploads/2007/10/elizabethan_house.jpg
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