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Elizabethan Life

Life in England during the Elizabethan Era
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Tyler Sirman

on 16 April 2010

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Elizabethan Life QUEEN ELIZABETH I
OF ENGLAND (NICE SLEEVES!) Considered as the Golden Age in British History, the Elizabethan Era was an explosion of poetry, literature, and art in England. This time period was begun by, who else but... The era was marked by economic prosperity. Even the common people of England led relatively luxurious lives compared to the rest of 16th century Europe. These people were treated to... ...festivals and feasts almost every other week. On these days, the royal court or church invited the common people of the nation to a celebration and a meal (which was usually the table scraps from the royal kitchen). Hunting tournaments were also held on a regular basis. The regular family consisted of... A father who provided for the family, a mother who took care of the household,
a nanny to help the mother, and as many children as possible. Boys were allowed to attend basic grammar school, and then higher education if they could afford it. Girls, however, weren't even allowed in a place of learning. Normal dwellings ranged from this... ...to this... ...and even this... ...for peasants or farmers... ...for wealthier merchants, artisans, or craftsmen... ...for nobles and courtisans. And thanks to the patronage of the Queen, plays were performed daily in places like the Globe Theater, where anyone could attend for a low price. The diet of the typical Englishman during this time consisted of bread, fresh fruits like apples and pears, vegetables like cabbage and onions, and meats like venison, pork, or beef every once in a while. All of these customs were affected tremendously by the politics of this time. Queen Elizabeth's reign began in 1558 and ended in 1603. The stability brought along by her long reign allowed the Queen to largely influence her nation's arts, by supporting artists like William Shakespeare, and the nation's customs, diet and traditions simply by being such a powerful, poised, and fair monarch. After her death, the cultural revolution that she began continued well into the reign of her cousin, King James I. The artistic legacy of this era is still present today in the works of Shakespeare and other artists that thrived in this prosperous period. The End
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