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Social and Economics of Elizabethan England

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Social and Economics of Elizabethan England
The Nobility
The Nobility was the smallest and most recognized class in England. Made up of only 55 families, the nobles were rich, powerful, and intelligent men. They owned large houses, large amounts of land, and even servants to care for their possessions.
The Gentry
Was a small class also
only 5% of the population
very wealthy and owned property throughout England
Knights, Squires, Gentlemen and Gentlewomen composed the Gentry social class
In Elizabethan Era Gentry was the fastest growing social class
The Yeomanry
The Yeomanry considered the middle class were neither rich or poor. This class included craftsmen, farmers, and tradesmen. The middle class population worked very hard to earn a living and to live at ease but not enough the avoid poverty, diseases, or misfortunes. The Yeomanry were known for being extremely religious in comparison to the nobles or Gentry.
Resources
http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/367/367-03.htm
http://sites.duke.edu/midsummer/category/background-information/social-cultural-and-economic-sighnificance/
Social Classes
status played a key in early-modern English society
wealth, birth, education, and employment was important
Shakespeare wrote "A Midsummer Night's Dream" around Elizabethan's time (1558-1603)
The Elizabethan Era is known for the breakthroughs in science, art, and economics
In Shakespeare time specifically, the Nobility the Gentry, the Yeomanry, and the poor composed the social classes in England
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