Elizabethan Era by constance beltramo period 6

The Elizabethan Era was made up of many things, mainly they were the food, the queen, and the language.

Painting of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth did many things during her reign and one of those many things is changing the national church from catholic to protestant. "Elizabeth became queen in 1558. During Elizabeth’s reign, she achieved a religious settlement that established a moderately Protestant Church of England as the country’s national church." Another thing during her reign was success with her military forces. "In 1588, the English Navy defeated the powerful Spanish Armada, a fleet of armed ships that tried to invade England."

Painting of King Henry the 8th

The wealthy ate like it was their last meal. "Wealthy English households usually ate large quantities of meat, such as beef, mutton (sheep), pork, venison (deer meat), and rabbit. Elizabethans tended to cook their meats with fruits, preferring the sweet taste." The poor barely ate anything. "Meat was a rare luxury for the poorer classes. Their meals typically featured bread, eggs, and dairy products."

page of 1500s books

The pride of the English showed in their literature. "Elizabethan literature is characterized by an intense national pride and a sense of optimism expressed in rich, at times ornate, language." One of the main English writers to make a huge change was William Shakespeare. "William Shakespeare enriched the English stage, and the stage returned the favor."

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is many things, but he is mostly known as an author. "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced." William did not only make an impact on the English writing but also on the plays and acting that were made after him. "Shakespeare displayed his genius in romantic comedies, histories and tragedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595), Henry V (1599), and Romeo and Juliet (1598)."

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