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Life & Arts in the Elizabethan Era

The Elizabethan Era with Shakespearean arts and literature
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Kenley Hawkins

on 3 May 2013

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Transcript of Life & Arts in the Elizabethan Era

The globe is a Circular, large building that held plays for both rich and poor people.
The people that didn't have as much money sat in the dirt right in front of the stage. The people who had much more money and the rich sat in the different levels in the balconies where they could stay clean and would be able to sit in a chair.
The typical Globe had a roof around the balconies and the middle was open. The Globe theater had a very large impression on the people back in Elizabethan times.
Costumes worn at the Globe theater were for the character they would also have a makeshift fashion show. Lower class people could not were fashion in public. Lives of Elizabethan Women The Elizabethan Theater (The Globe) Elizabethan Customs/Beliefs/Worldview Shakespeare's Life Shakespearean Arts & Theater in Elizabethan Times
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon
He went to King Edward VI, School Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway from 1582 to 1612
He died April 23rd 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon Supposedly written by Gulielmus Shakspere
Tradesman from provincial Warwickshire
Never had a day of school
Was said to never have spelled his name right twice What did people believe about the influence of the stars on humans?

- They believed that the stars could predict the future of their lives by looking at the alignment of the stars and it’s conjunction. Also, when the stars moved, they seem to, as for the people of the Elizabethan period, bring a disaster forth. How were herbs used as medicine?

- They were usually home remedies or ones prescribed by "old wise women" and soothsayers. For instance, head afflictions were treated with sweet-smelling herbs such as rose, lavender, sage, and bay. Heart problems were remedied by plants such as saffron, basil, and rosemary. Stomach aches and other diseases were treated with wormwood, mint, and balm. Lung afflictions such as pneumonia and bronchitis were treated by liquorice and comfrey, which is still used today. What role did Fortune play in people’s lives?

- Dame Fortune, is a blindfolded woman who turns her own wheel. On her wheel, people are placed on several parts of it. People who were at the top of the wheel had the best fortune, while people at the bottom of it had misfortunes. But, having tragedy being compared to the wheel, people who are at the top may go at the bottom, without warning. Shakespeare addressed about every aspect of a human's experience
Difficult to think/ put yourself in the position that he set the scene What did Elizabethans believe about order in the universe?

- The "planets", which back then were, namely, Mercury, Venus, Sol(the sun), Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn affected the affairs of the Earth. They believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, with it being fixed in the center, and these planets are rotating around it. What were masques and what role did they play in Elizabethan society?

- Masques were a form of entertainment in the elizabethan and stewart courts. They start as costume balls with a theme in it, costumed guests were to dance with the host and company, then later the spectators would join. What kind of education did girls receive?
Girls of noble birth were taught by tutors at home. Elizabethan women were taught as early as five. Languages that were taught include Latin, Italian Greek, and French. Music and dancing were also taught. NO university classes were allowed. What were typical Elizabethan marriage customs (average age, betrothal, class differences, property, etc.)?
It was legal for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12. Age of consent was 21. They had little choice on husband. Disobedience was a sin Were Elizabethan marriages typically arranged?
Yes, the Elizabethan women her self had little choice in who her husband would be. What was a dowry and what importance did it have in a woman’s marriage?
A dowry was an amount of money or other wealth that a woman brings into the marriage. What were some of the laws governing marriage?
Any marriage not published and announced for 3 consecutive Sundays was illegal. Shakespeare and the theater Shakespeare was known to contribute very much to the theater, he was an actor, but spent most of his time as a playwright The Authorship Debate Most believe the true author could be a number of people including Oxford, Bacon, Derby, and Marlowe. the popular belief is that Shakespeare was just an imposter put there because the real author couldn't take credit for his work Marlowe Derby Bacon Oxford
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