Poor Era In The Elizabethan Era

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The Elizabethan Age was a golden age for the arts in England. Despite the flourishing of the drama, Elizabethan theater attracted criticism and censorships from some sectors of English Society. Especially Puritans and officers of the Church of England considered actors to be of questionable characters and condemned playwrights for using the stage to broadcast their disrespectful opinions. Throughout the century, the parliament censored plays for blasphemy, heresy or political reasons. To appease these people, the queen prohibited the construction of theaters and performances to take place within London city limits, but playhouses like the Globe, the Rose and the Swan set up just outside the wall. Writers often commented on other conflicts…show more content…
In 1563, the Elizabethan Government started categorizing the poor to ensure proper help to the needy. There were the deserving poor, consisting of the young children, the elderly, and families who occasionally found themselves in difficult financial situations. Then there were the undeserving poor, those who turned to crime, for example highwaymen and pickpockets. In addition, a series of laws were during the decades that was supposed to better the situation in the country, for example the Poor Laws. The Poor Laws was the beginning of England as a welfare state, with helping the poor imbedded in the law. Elizabeth also opened houses of correction, whose goal was to re-integrate criminals and homeless into society. Some of the measured passed during this time even lasted until the nineteenth century. England was in a religions turmoil long before the Elizabethan Age began. Henry VIII broke away from the Pope in 1533 to marry Anne Boleyn and declared himself Supreme Head of the Church of England. As he now ruled over the church, Henry dissolved monasteries and claimed their wealth. Edward VI only furthered this act. During his reign, Edward destroyed Catholic artifacts, like religious paintings, stained glass windows and statues in cathedrals across the

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