Essay about The Influence of The English Renaissance

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What is the English Renaissance? It was known as the period of rebirth and was the period in European civilization that immediately followed the middle ages. Its popularity grew by a surge of interest in classical learning and values. It was primarily a time of revival after a long period of social decline and stagnation. The renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement dating from the early 16th to the early 17th centuries. It is associated with the pan-European renaissance that many cultural historians believe originated in Tuscany. The English Renaissance started with King Henry I, but did not reach its full potential until the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was during her reign that the renaissance reached the height of …show more content…
Coincidentally with the many natural disasters going on some of them actually help establish the Renaissance. The Black Death, or bubonic plague wiped out a third of Europe's population, producing a labor shortage, so that the reduced population was much wealthier, better fed, and, significantly, had more money to spend on luxury goods like art and architecture. As incidences of the plague began to decline in the early 15th century, Europe's devastated population once again began to grow. This new demand for products and services, and the reduced number of people able to provide them, put the lower classes in a more favorable position. Furthermore, this demand also helped create a growing class of bankers, merchants, and skilled artisans. This new growing prosperity brought the country together it inspired many and gave birth to a new age of beliefs and ideas.
The ideas and ideals of the Renaissance endured and even spread into the rest of Europe, setting off the Northern and English Renaissance. “The Italian Renaissance started around the early 14th century and lasted until the mid 1550s” (English Renaissance wiki). The English Renaissance began far later in the mid “1520s and ended around 1620” (English Renaissance wiki). The English Renaissance is different from the Italian renaissance in several ways. The dominant art forms of the English Renaissance were literature and music. Visual arts in the English Renaissance were much less significant than in the…