The Golden Elizabethan Era
The Elizabethan Era was known as the “Golden Age” of England. The most famous and best time of theatere and arts. But who exactly was Queen Elizabeth that reigned during this “Golden Age”. “Elizabeth was born in 1533. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn”. “Elizabeth became queen in 1558”. (Bumgardner 1) “During Elizabeth’s reign, she achieved a religious settlement that established a moderately Protestant Church of England as the country’s national church”. “She also long avoided war with Europe's leading Roman Catholic nations” ( Bumgardner 1) . Since she avoided a war leading Catholic nations there are more religious freedoms today in England. Who knows what would have happened if she did not do that. Would there society be any different? She was the first Queen Elizabeth out of the many that share that beloved name. She began her reign in 1558. It is well known the Queen Elizabeth has made many achievement in her lifetime these are only few of the many. But how did they influence England today Also what occurred in this great Era that made it so famous?.
" 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 ." (McMillin, 2) Some of the most famous composers of time where during the Elizabethan Era. All of these composers had made some of the greatest influences on today's plays, theaters, writing, and literature. One of the most well known composers in William Shakespeare. For example Shakespeare was apart of some of the first famous theater organizations."Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's Men in 1598." They were one of the first theater groups or agencies. Another well known theater group was “The King's Men” which shakespeare was also a part of. “The King's Men was one of the first organizations of theater, which performed in the Famous theater called " The Global". ( McMillin 5) After the "Global" theater opened the literary arts of theater boomed. Making the The Elizabethan Era well known today. Also forever greatly influence our performing arts today. “Shakespearean theaters in the Elizabethan Era was one of the first organizations of theater, the theater had seasons much like sports today.” ( McMillin 5) A regular season would start near or during winter time and would last up to 18 months. There were not many organized companies back then but the creation of Shakespeare theater gave the Theater Era a kick start. “Where the titles of the plays performed before the king and queen in the winter season of 1604-05 are included, giving us a picture of the repertory of the King's Men at a particular moment.” (Mcillin 5) Given this information helps researchers get an idea when the plays were written. “The First Tetralogy and the Second, a far cry from anything the Elizabethans would have called the histories. But a "series" of plays would have been taking shape in the playhouse by the later 1590” ( McMillin 6) The plays written during the Elizabethan Era gives us an insight on how life was back then. A series of plays would help researchers piece together history from way back then. If the plays were not written in this certain way and time frame researcher may not have been able to have gathered as much of information they've had so far
“The literature of the 45-year reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) encompasses two literary periods: the end of the Early Tudor era in the 1560s and the extraordinary age that bears her name.” ( Edward 1) Queen Elizabeth the first reigned lasted for 45 years. During her years of rolling two major literary periods accord. Making the Elizabethan Era known for what it is. "The Golden Age" of England. The achievements that were made during this time period by famous composer and the queen herself are countless for example. “Elizabethan literature is characterized by an intense national pride and a sense of optimism expressed in rich, at times ornate, language. It was a period of linguistic experimentation and discovery,” ( Edward 1) The literature has creativity and inspiration to this very day.These are some of assets out of many that made the Elizabethan Era so great. It was a time of discovery that was so important, discovering to ways of entertainment and creativity. However literature wasn't the only thing that this great Era is known for, it is also known for the drama and poetry. “But the glory of the age lay in its popular drama . Among the early Elizabethans the outstanding playwrights are Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd.” “In poetry the age witnessed the epic achievement of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590–96) and the flowering of the Elizabethan sonnet , particularly those written by Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and Shakespeare.” (Edward 3) This Era was plentiful in it literature, poetry, and drama that has much pride. Nevertheless it wasn't just the product, the finished play or piece of paper it was the minds behind the pen and the ink. Some of these great minds are Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd. Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and Shakespeare. Without these creative geniuses The Elizabethan Era wouldn't have been what it is and probably just be another name with maybe a few accomplishments. How would things "played" out if they did not write or exist would our literature still be the same? That also applies for our entertainment today.
Thus showing that the Elizabethan "The Golden AGe in the most famous and best time of theater and arts"
Online Database Archive & annotate Bumgardner, Jake. "Elizabethan Age." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016. Created: 11/18/16 12:04 PM Note: This is a copy of a preformatted citation
Online Database Original Content Archive & annotate McMillin,, Scott. "Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's Men in 1598." History Reference Center, © 2016 EBSCO Industries, Inc. All rights reserved., 2005.Accessed 24 Nov. 2016.
Online Database Original Content View live web page Archive & annotate Quinn, Edward. "Elizabethan Period." A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms, Second Edition., New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006, 2006,www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=Gfflithem0257&SingleRecord=True.,Article Tools Save to Folder Save Email Email Print Print Large Increase Smaller Decrease Citation Citation. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016. Created: 12/04/16 10:21 PM | Updated: 12/04/16 10:21 PM
Anthology/Collection 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. Created: 12/08/16 12:17 PM
Anthology/Collection ---. "William Shakespear'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.