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Occupations During Shakespeare's Time

A presentation detailing the occupations of English citizens from the late 16th century to the early 17th century.

Larry Soracco

on 1 June 2011

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Occupations in the
Time of Shakespeare In Shakespeare's time, England flourished
under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. There were many different occupations that English citizens could choose from. Among them are... Apothecary Barber Carpenter Steward And of course, many more, such as the page, squire, physician, and painter. Knight Acrobat Even more occupations existed outside of these. Blacksmith Butler Cook Gardener Jester Potter Apothecary workers would sell all sorts
of medicines and herbal mixtures. They were similar to modern pharmacies. The job of carpenter has not changed much at all since Elizabethan times. They were mostly woodworkers and elite tradesmen. Barbers in the Elizabethan Era not only cut hair, but were surgeons, dentists, and bloodletters. Stewards were essentialy the caslte servants, and assisted those living in the castle. Knights trained from young ages to protect the royal family, such as the King, Queen, or any Prince or Princess. Acrobats were exactly as you'd expect; they performed stunts and tricks for the amusement of an audience. Blacksmiths were the people who forged weapons, repairs broken armor, and even sharpened weapons. As such, this was considered one of the most important jobs of the time. Butlers were not simply househeld servants; the watched over and tended specifically the house's cellar. Cooks were, as to be assumed, were employed to work in kitchens by those who could afford it. Gardeners were not neccesarily people who planted and tended plants, but anyone with sufficient knowledge of plants and herbs. Jesters, also called the fool, were hired to entertain the reigning monarch. Often, failing to entertain the monarch could be grounds for punishment. Potters were craftsmen skilled specifically in the art of making ceramics, such as pots.
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