The Elizabethan period, named after the greatest Queen of England - Queen Elizabeth I who ruled England during that time, is considered to be the most splendid age of the history of English Literature, the golden age of English history and one of the greatest periods of world history. It was a time of many changes and developments and remarkable feats were achieved during this time. But how different is it exactly from the present? At the same manner, how is it akin to the present? Monarchy was a dominant form of government during the Elizabethan Period, not only in England, but in the surrounding countries as well.
The violent sports of the Elizabethan Era were authentic to how many of the modern sports are played. However, many of the world’s most popular modern sports can be traced back to Elizabethan sports, such as colf and soccer. All in all, sports were a key role in Elizabethan
Queen Elizabeth’s rule sported a new humanistic culture and higher literacy rates in England that have not been seen before with previous ruling monarchs. According to Elizabethan England, more books and pamphlets were published in England. This is caused by a growth in printing which in turn means books could be made for less money and significantly less time. The sheer amounts of books now being produced allows cheaper and easier access to books for everyone. With more access to books, literacy rates were able to increase such as the yeomen who “were illiterate at the start of Elizabeth’s reign but literate by its end” (177).
During the Elizabethan era, many games that were played always had gambling behind it. Gambling often took place during the blood sports.Immeasurable amounts of money were placed on the blood sports. A lot of money was put on the bear and bull baiting games.There were many gambling dens and houses and sometimes were placed in theaters. Gambling was primarily used for board, card, and dice games. A specific game they played was known one and thirty.
During the Elizabethan era, women were considered subordinate to men. Laws gave men the power over women. They were expected to obey their male relatives and had few rights. Any disobedience is considered an offense to their religion. Women were not allowed to take any career.
Even today, people look back fondly on the Elizabethan Era as one of the times when England was very close to achieving a golden age. While living under Queen Elizabeth did bring about troubles, such as an extreme system of punishment and quarrels with the Catholics, the Elizabethan Era was a time of peace and prosperity, contrasting life before and after Elizabeth’s reign. When Queen ELizabeth died, ending her reign, Catherine Bush states that “No king or queen before her had ever received the nationwide show of grief that England now gave Elizabeth”. (106) In a time when England was almost about to tear itself apart, Queen Elizabeth I came to power and improved the situation. Her influence led to political, cultural, and educational improvement
They wore long, dark robes with painted hoods, leather gloves and boots, and a mask with a long beak that contained special oils that allowed them to breath the same air as the patient without becoming sick. Majority of the people living during the Elizabethan Era never consulted physicians, because there were very few in number and they were very expensive. Because poor people couldn’t afford to pay the fee, churches often provided care for them. They would visit the local “wise woman” or the Elizabethan
Social Classes in the Elizabethan Era Throughout the ages, England has maintained its culture such as its prevalence of monarchical regime, however, as time marched on a cultural aspect of England has disappeared, social status. Social status is defined as a person's standing or importance in relation to other people within a society. As a result of status one’s lifestyle was predetermined, however, more opportunities were provided for the impoverished classes during the Elizabethan time period. The Elizabethan era refers to the English history of Queen Elizabeth I's reign (1558-1603) when England prospered and is considered to be the time of the English Renaissance. However, due to one’s standing in society, those who were wealthy thrived
The Elizabethan Era, named after Queen Elizabeth I, was a period from the year 1558 to 1603. This period is known for the flowering of English literature, music, poetry, science, and theatre, making it the Golden Age of England. However, not everything is perfect, and it shows how the Elizabethan era has been romanticized in various aspects, may it be in televisions, books, movies, and many more. In this essay, I will be presenting similarities and differences of the Elizabethan era and the modern era in three aspects: social hierarchy, role of women, and the government. One major aspect that I would like to tackle is the social hierarchy during this period, The people of England has been divided into 6 major societal classes, namely the monarch, the nobility, the gentry, the merchant, the yeomanry, and the laborers.