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Class Structure in Elizabethan Era
Transcript of Class Structure in Elizabethan Era
Their role as a Noble was to be taken very seriously, they had to dress in their best clothing at all times, Use their maners, and showcase power. There were only about 50 noble families in England.
The head of the family was a duke, earl, or a baron This class consisted of lords and ladies of the land.
A person usually became a noble by birth, or in some cases granted by the queen. A crime could be what it takes for a noble to loose his title and become poor .
Many nobles also died in the war of roses. One might think that being part of a noble family would bring profit but the truth was that being a noble brought debt due to maintaining large households, lavish entertainment, parties, and expensive clothing. It was a noble’s responsibility to care for a visiting noble from another city or a noble from another country at their own expense.
Foreign ambassoders required to maintain a household of 100 or more. Gentry This class included knights, squires, gentlemen, and gentlewomen.
Became the most importent social class at the time. Wealth was important to becoming part of this class.
People becacame nobels by buying big amount of properties and became wealthy. They went to parliment and worked as justices of peace The Gentry were strong citizens of england. Yeomanry The Yeomanry were middle class people. They made enough money to live comfortably.
If they got sick they would become much more poor. Examples of Yeomanry were farmers, tradesmen, and craft workers. Yeomanry took religion seriously
They had the ability to read and write. These people can be wealthy like gentry, but the difference was how they spent and saved their money. The yeomanry lived a very simple and peacefull life with the amount of money they had. Labourers They are the last class in the class structure and are known as peasants They were very poor and could hardly afford much. They did not own the land that they lived on These people included artisans, shoemakers, carpenters and brick masons The beggars are also placed in this class The government had undertaken a law assisting the labourers which was one of the first welfare programs. Some Labourers were also pick pockets. Noble Women Noble man This Was the Class Structure of the Elizabethan Era Nobles Gentry Yeomanry Labourers
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