Elizabethan Era

Elizabethan Era

Quote #1 "The Elizabethan Age is sometimes called the Golden Age , because it was a time of great achievement in England" (Bumgardner 1).

Many things created between the years 1558 through 1603 were well known as the best times in English history. This helps support my thesis itself. It shows that people in this century still see it as the best times.

Quote #2 "Elizabethan literature is characterized by an intense national pride and a sense of optimism expressed in rich, at times ornate, language" (Morrill 167).

The Elizabethan era was one of the most memorable. In this Era, they learned from their past, discovered new beginnings, and really dug into the art of theater. This time is what many reflected on.

Quote #3 "Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan era are probably the best-known and most widely written about topics of English history, not only because of Shakespeare’s having lived at the time but also because of the many fascinating and illustrious figures and events that combined to make the time so prosperous and unique for England" (Bumgardner 4).

Queen Elizabeth is one of the very big things that shaped and formed the Elizabethan era into what it was. After all, the era is named after her. She made tough calls and planned for greatness in which she succeeded very well.

William Shakespeare

Quote #4 "Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer" (Anderson 777).

During this era, the best-known writer was William Shakespeare. Robert Anderson just straight out says what everybody knows. People till this day continue to produce some of his greatest hits.

Quote #5 "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth" (Anderson 777).

Many of his plays were very well known. One of the most known plays he wrote not listed was Romeo & Juliet. This quote clearly supports and helps relate to my thesis.

Quote #6 "It is likely that Shakespeare began his career in the theater as an actor" (Hager 11).

The article explains that Shakespeare was an actor before writing plays. Often enough he even starred in some of his plays. Shakespeare really only stuck with two genres, comedy, and romance.


Quote #7 "People also enjoyed dressing up. They acted masques, pageants, and plays at Christmas and other special times" (Novick 6).

Back in this day, fashion was one way to show social status. Fashion was something everyone enjoyed dearly as said in the article. It was a something everyone could take part in.

Quote #8 "The clothiers offered good prices for wool, and sheep farming became profitable" (Hager 9).

After looking at the picture of this era's fashion choices you can see where each material would take place. Wool was more of a representation of the power classes. Although, it was still a part of everyday clothing

Quote #9 "They bought wool from farmers, distributed it to spinners and weavers who worked at home, and then sold or exported the finished cloth" (Morrill 166).

One of the main ways they used wool was to renew it and resell it. They would gather wool and buy it from farmer then repair into finished cloth and sell it to lower classes. In this era outfits would be stacked with layers to appear poofy.


Quote #10 "The groundlings, those eight hundred or more people who stood shoulder to shoulder around the stage for the price of a penny" (Anderson 779).

Theater was such a great known thing back in those days. Watching a movie would like be in comparison to us watching a movie. As you can imagine for one theater it was packed. Row after row it was constantly filled up.

Quote #11 "Plays were originally performed by the all-male medieval travel guides, so all women parts were played by women" (Anderson 779).

All leads were played by males. Even women roles were played by men as well. Women weren't even considered to play the roles of a women. It was just the way people saw theater to be then.

Quote #12 The first public theater in England, called The Theatre, was built near London in 1576. By 1642, there had been at least nine others in and around London, including the Globe, Rose, and Fortune" (Hager 9).

One of the main theaters used is called the Globe theater. The Globe theater was a rounded theater with no ceiling, and several rows of chair surrounded throughout this theater. Many theater were used but this was one of the most famous.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare And His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.

---. William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius From Stratford. Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.

Bumgardner, Jake. “Elizabethan Age.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

“Drama.” World Book Advanced, Novick, Julius. “Drama.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

“Shakespeare, William.” Bloom’s Literature, Hager, Alan, ed. “Shakespeare, William.” Encyclopedia of British Writers, 16th and 17th Centuries. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=EBWXVI401&SingleRecord=True.

United Kingdom, History of the. World Book Advanced, Morrill, John S. “United Kingdom, History of the.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.


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