Thesis: The Elizabethan Era influenced society by clothing, religion, philosophy, education, and theater.
'The Elizabethan Era is known for the elaborate 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 more simply." (Benson)
During Queen Elizabeth's 1st rein, much has changed, including the types of clothing for everyone. To have the middle and even POOR class dress better is a big deal, considering that not many paid attention to them.
"By Elizabeth's acts, only royalty could wear the color purple and only the highest nobility could wear the color red. Ermine, a type of fur, was to be worn only by the royal family, gold could be worn only by nobles of the rank of earl or higher, and fur trims of any type were limited to people whose incomes were extremely high. (Benson)
The fact that Queen Elizabeth put out this act must have been very important if only such colors could be worn by the wealthiest and royalty. Not even middle and poor class could wear such colors.
"An extensive educational system developed in England during Elizabeth's reign, and the rate of literacy, or the ability of individuals to read and write, rose considerably. 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." (Benson)
I believe that this was important back then because many lower class man were not allowed to read and write, so it was interesting that by the end of Elizabeth's reign many people knew how to read and write.
" During Elizabeth's time, universities educated more middle-class boys than ever before, and even some sons of very humble craftsmen were able to attend the universities on scholarships. Students at the universities studied in several areas: liberal arts, which included grammar, logic, music, astronomy , and arithmetic; the arts, consisting of philosophy, rhetoric, and poetry; natural history; religion; medicine; and law." (Benson)
I am quite surprised that they had that much of an education to learn, it is almost somewhat equivalent to our own. So I find it very interesting.
"By the early sixteenth century the mystery of what lay beyond the three known continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa had been solved. Thanks to the work of brave explorers, the unknown regions, which had previously been described in supernatural terms, were suddenly transformed into concrete world geography." (Benson)
This goes to show how back then, really nobody knew what was beyond the continents that they already knew of. If it were not for the brave explorers of this time, then it still would not have been found or even discovered for possibly hundreds of years.
"In Elizabethan England most people accepted the medieval model of the universe and the moral lesson it conveyed. They had faith in the set order of the universe and feared chaos if the order of things—God's design—was disrupted. Everyone and everything had its assigned role and rank, or degree, in the universe, from the lowest rocks to the highest orders of angels. Evil and misfortune were thought to result when people tried to change their place in this order. English playwright William Shakespeare (1564–1616) expressed this common view in a famous passage of his 1603 play Troilus and Cressida" (Benson)
Many people in the Elizabethan society had a ranked of their own....mainly the wealthy, the middle class, and the poor. So people back then had thought that if you tried to change your rank, it would be bad and God would have punished you for doing so.
"The notions of puritanism in play in the two books were rather different and gave rise to tensions and even contradictions within Collinson’s oeuvre as a whole. But in so far as that was the case it reflected tensions and contradictions within his attitude to puritanism both name and thing that can be traced back to The Elizabethan Puritan Movement" (Lake).
During this time, Queen Elizabeth was a very religious woman who did not appreciate of Prostenant and was more focused on Catholics since that is what she had practiced all her life.
"On these accounts the final cause of puritanism was some sort of sectarian or separatist experience or experiment. And the natural end point of this dynamic the emergence of a permanent, institutionalized division between Anglicanism and dissent." (Lake)
This piece of information explains how the main reason of this movement was to separate both religions because Queen Elizabeth did not want two of them, only one, which was the one she believed in.
" English literature flowered during the Elizabethan Age, with the work of such writers as Francis Bacon, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare. Notable composers from the period included Thomas Tallis and William Byrd." (Bumgardner)
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