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Spirits In The Elizabethan Era

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hroughout history, a plethora of cultures around the world held beliefs of spirits and of supernatural occurrences, such as the natives of North America and the Greeks. Furthermore, another example of a group of people who deeply believe in spirits would be the people from Elizabethan Britain, which people from there feared these other-worldly entities, and viewed them as either as morbid beings who have came to haunt them or as guardians who have to keep watch over them. Focusing on this group of people, a lengthy written record as well as oral traditions passed down explains the idea of how the concept of ghosts was conceived, additionally, a plentitude of ghost stories of this time period were told for entertainment as well as lessons to learn. During Elizabethan times, the Christian Church had deeply affixed itself to the isles of Britain, thus, influencing the culture of the British in multiple aspects, such as morals and beliefs. In addition, with the Church’s influence in England, the people believed in the concept of “Good versus Evil”, which God and the Church represent the Good and the Devil represents Evil, as a result,…show more content…
For example, in the legends of the Tower of London, people were executed in the tower, such as Anne Boleyn, who currently walks the castle with her head in her arm, Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes of the Tower. In addition, another story would be the legends of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, which a nine foot tall drummer is said to roam the castle playing the drums because the wife of the lord locked in a small room to prevent him from playing. Furthermore, the Lady in White of this castle, which she was killed after being raped by the lord of the castle, is seen to be roaming the castle’s docks as well as the interior of the
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