The Elizabethan Era

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Queen Elizabeth had a love for the arts, especially theater written by Shakespeare. The Elizabethan Age was strongly influenced by the rise of theater specifically through the play The Tempest, written by William Shakespeare. The Elizabethan Age was a time of change and new ideas (Holzknecht 33). In this period, the Renaissance, or rebirth, spread throughout Europe (“Elizabethan Age”). This brought an increase in nationalism in England (“Elizabethan Age”). In addition, there were many improvements in navigation and exploration at this time (“Elizabethan Age”). During the reign of Elizabeth I, who was the Queen of England from 1558-1603, there was a golden age (“Elizabethan Drama”). Queen Elizabeth was very influential in area of the arts and learning (“Elizabethan Age”). She recognized the universities Oxford and Cambridge as focus for England’s intellectual activities (“Elizabethan Age”). Although Elizabeth enjoyed theater, she created many regulations for it. In 1559, she did not allow plays not licensed by her and she only licensed six acting companies (“Elizabethan Drama”). In 1570, mystery plays were banned where men acted as God because it was considered idolatry (“Elizabethan Drama”). After the regulation,…

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