The Elizabethan era set itself apart from the other time periods. The main reasons for this is because of the many new inventions, women's lives, witchcraft and witches, and their popularity with astrology.
There were many important inventions created during the Elizabethan era.
"Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an inventor, artist, architect, and scientist. He deserves a special mention as the greatest and most prolific inventor of the Renaissance Period. Leonardo Da Vinci made detailed sketches of: the airplane, helicopter, parachute, submarine, armored car, rapid-fire guns, and ball bearings."
This quote shows the importance of Leonardo Da Vinci to the Elizabethan era and modern society. He thought up some of the most useful inventions ever made.
"The telescope, pocket watch, bottle beer, flush toilet, thermometer, and frozen chicken were main inventions during the Elizabethan period."
During this era were also the creation of some of the most useful inventions made. These inventions helped make everyday people's live easier.
The first telescope was invented by Hans Lippershey (c1570-c1619). The telescope was introduced to astronomy in 1609 by Galileo Galilei
The telescope was an enormous contribution to astronomy which helped people discover many new things about the solar system. Without this invention Galileo would not have discover 4 of Jupiter's main moons.
Women had an interesting role in the Elizabethan era.
"Elizabethan Women from the lower classes were also expected to obey the male members of their families without question. Lower class Elizabethan women would not have attended school or received any formal type of education."
This quote shows how Elizabethan women were not treated fairly and men were mainly dominant. Women during this time also did not receive equal education as the males did
"Elizabethan women from wealthy and noble families were sometimes allowed the privilege of an Education. The girls of Noble families were invariably taught by tutors at home and Elizabethan women were taught from the age of five, or even younger."
This shows how wealthier families women received education whereas today everyone receives it. Most women however never got education so it was a privilege to be in the upper class.
"Elizabethan women were expected to bring a dowry to the marriage. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property that the bride would bring to the marriage."
Also referred to as a marriage portion women were expected to bring their share of things to the marriage. This shows how women were strong contributors to the marriage although they do not play a strong role in society.
Witchcraft and Witchery is an unusual suspicion during the Elizabethan era.
"During the Elizabethan era people blamed unexplainable events as the work of witches. There were frequent outbreaks of the deadly Black Death (Bubonic Plague) for which there was no cure."
Witches were an explanation for the terrible things happening in peoples lives at this time. With the Bubonic Plague and many other things happening this was the explanation.
"The number of poor was increasing and people were far less charitable. Old, poor, unprotected women needed to be supported - and this was resented by other Elizabethans."
This shows how women were targeted for being witches instead of men because they had a lower role in society. Old and poor people also were targeted and since things were not as affordable at the time, people resorted to extreme measures.
People in this time were fascinated with astrology.
"The Elizabethan era was the age of the Renaissance and new thinking and ideas. It was also the age of Nostradamus, Marsilio Ficino and Trithemius and the Renaissance fusion of Christianity, Hermetic Philosophy and its associated 'sciences' of magic, astrology and alchemy."
This quote shows how the era's new thinking caused for the increased popularity of astrology. It is the time where people explored the "sciences" of magic and other things.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) makes over 100 references to Astrology. The subject is mentioned in every one of his plays and Astrology was often critical to the plots when the actions and events surrounding characters are said to be favored or hindered by the stars.
This quote shows how Shakespeare used astrology in his plays to help the plot. This shows astrology's great affect on the Elizabethan era.