Elizabethan era Thomas Aleksak Period 4

Thesis: The Elizabethan Era was a unique because of its economic, social, literary, and architectural achievements. However, riots led to the downfall of the era.

This picture shows Queen Elizabeth as the leader of her kingdom

The Elizabethan Age was considered the Golden Age of England because of many achievements and proper control of the country. "The Elizabethan Age was a period of English history during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, from 1558 to 1603. Elizabeth was a strong ruler who gained the loyalty and admiration of her subjects. The Elizabethan Age is sometimes called the Golden Age, because it was a time of great achievement in England" (Elizabethan Age). Queen Elizabeth created many different achievements during her time which led to her being a well respected ruler. Under the rule of Queen Elizabeth, England advanced in trading with East India, exploration, and literature. This Golden Age ended when Queen Elizabeth died in 1603. "Under Elizabeth, England advanced in many areas. Merchants formed a great trading company, the East India Company, in 1600. English adventurers explored the Caribbean region and the coasts of North and South America. English literature and music flowered during the Elizabethan Age. The age ended with Elizabeth’s death in 1603" (Elizabethan Age). During the rule of Queen Elizabeth, the economy flourished when merchants created a great trading company called the "East India Company" as well as the exploration of the world. During this time, many rebellions were held as long as religious plots against Elizabeth. "In 1587, Elizabeth executed her cousin Mary Stuart, the former Catholic queen of Scotland. Mary had been the willing focus of several Catholic plots against Elizabeth. An Irish rebellion and a worsening economy darkened the final years of Elizabeth’s reign" (Bumgardner, Jake). During Queen Elizabeth's time, rebellions and religion separated the country which led to the darkening of the golden age. During these times, there were strict rules about clothing, land ownership, marriage, and religion. Many people were executed for going against these laws. "Not everyone prospered during the Elizabethan Age. Strict rules regulated clothing, land ownership, marriage, and religion. In the latter half of Elizabeth’s reign, she actively persecuted Catholics. Some radical forms of Protestantism also were not tolerated. A number of people were executed for activity opposing the established church" (Bumgardner, Jake). Strict rules of religion and daily life led to the downfall of the golden age of Queen Elizabeth.

This is a picture of the United Kingdom in which Queen Elizabeth ruled.

Between the Elizabethan Age and forward, the United Kingdom developed a very influential overseas empire. British laws and culture shaped North America, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and South Asia. "From 1500 to 1900, the United Kingdom developed the largest and most influential overseas empire in history. British civilization, laws, and culture shaped North America, including Canada; Australia; India; New Zealand; the Caribbean; much of South Asia and Southeast Asia" (Morrill, John). During this time and forward, the United Kingdom developed connections around the world. Their culture spread to many different parts of the world to help develop their countries. From the 1500's and through the Elizabethan Era, the United Kingdom because an economic, cultural, political, and social progress and became a nation of world importance. They developed a democratic parliament system of government and created many technological advances. "From the 1500's onward, what is now the United Kingdom made rapid economic, cultural, political, and social progress and became a nation of world importance. The British people developed democratic parliamentary government and pioneered the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution" (Morrill, John). During Queen Elizabeth's time, the United Kingdom become a progress center for the world to revolutionize off of.

A statue of William Shakespeare was made because of his advances in literature.

William Shakespeare has created many different plays in many different languages. He is believed to be the greatest English writer of all time. "William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English writer of plays and poems. Many people believe he is the world's greatest writer of plays and one of the world's finest poets. Shakespeare has also been the world's most popular author. His plays have been produced on stage and in films. His works have been published in many languages" (Shakespeare, William). William Shakespeare was one of the world's greatest English writers and poets as well as a play writer who contributed majorly to the theater arts field. William Shakespeare's plays have been recognized for hundreds of years because of the way he understood emotion and because of this language that he created and used in the plays. "Shakespeare's plays have been popular for hundreds of years because of his great understanding of how people think and feel. The characters in his plays seem like real people. His writing style is rich and colorful. Many people are familiar with lines from Shakespeare, though they may have never seen or read one of his plays" (Shakespeare, William). William Shakespeare contributed to the English language by adding more than 3,000 words to the English dictionary, that is why his plays have become so well known and recognized.

This is the globe theater, it was made in the Elizabethan Era.

The Globe Theater was used to show most plays from William Shakespeare. The Burbage built the theater in 1599. The theater was built in an area known as Bank side south of the Thames River in the suburb of Southwark. "The Globe Theatre was a theater in London that first presented most of the plays by the great English playwright William Shakespeare. The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage built the theater in 1599. It was built in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark" (Globe Theater). Once the Globe Theater was built, advances in literature were made by interesting plays being held. The design of the original Globe Theater is not know but it is expected to hold as many as 3,000 people. But in 1613, the theater burned down and was rebuilt in 1614. Later, the theater was torn down in 1644 and rebuilt in 1996. "Little is known about the Globe's design. It may have held as many as 3,000 spectators. In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. The Globe was torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997" (Globe Theater). The Globe Theater's design is unique because it is unknown about how it was built originally, but was rebuilt in 1996 and remains to stand as a representation of literary advancement.

This video talks about Queen Elizabeth and the advancements during her time.


Created with images by FrankWinkler - "scotland united kingdom england" • ell brown - "The Gower Memorial - statue of William Shakespeare" • EllenSeptember - "The rebuilt Globe Theater"

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