The Reign Of Queen Elizabeth I And The Elizabethan Era

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The Elizabethan Era also known as the golden age in English history is associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Theater. Although life was not easy during the Elizabethan era it was one of the most progressive times in history and marked the beginning of the Elizabethan theatre which still to this day influences theatre and the way theatre is presented .
The Elizabethan Era began in 1588 and ended in 1603 during Queen Elizabeth I reign England 's capital and largest city, London grew to about two hundred thousand people. London 's population was divided into three main sections a small but powerful population of wealthy nobles, a prospering middle class, and a large and impoverished lower class living in
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Only about one-fifth of the population could sign their own names at the beginning of the era but by Elizabeth 's death about one-third of the population was literate.
Majority of the Elizabethan population were very poor roughly 3 percent of the population consisted of wealthy nobles. Nobles were the elite men and women of society much like the upper class in today’s society. Elizabethan Women were obedient to men and dependent on their male relatives to support them and since there were no school for women they were tutored at home and weren’t allowed to enter university. Women also couldn’t be heirs to their fathers titles, vote , join the military ,or become doctors and lawyers .Along with all this woman had to preserve there virginity until marriage or they would be looked down upon or belittled however if they were raped they were punished instead of the rapist because during this time men could do whatever they desired to do in life.
The Elizabethan Era is known for the intricate outfits that men and women wore to court and elite social functions. The wealthy wore furs and jewels, and the cloth of their garments featured extravagant embroidery. The poor and even the middle classes dressed less extravagant and instead more simply. Elizabethan theatres such as the globe theatre were popular amongst the rich and the poor the poor were called groundlings or penny knaves and would pay a penny to stand in front of
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