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Elizabethan Outline 1558-1603 By Oliver Shane The Weiss School
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1558-1603: Elizabethan Age I. Main Historical facts about the Literary Period A. Who was the ruling family at the time? The Tudors were the ruling family during the Elizabethan period. The Tudor Monarchs: Elizabeth I. Lara E. Eakins, B. Who was the head of the country and how was her power received by her subjects? i. The Elizabethan Period is named after Elizabeth I. Elizabeth I, was the last of the Tudor monarchy. Her reign began on November 17, 1558 and ended with her death on March 24, 1603. She was 69. She was the child of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Queen Elizabeth was one of the most popular monarchs in English history. (- gesellschaft.de/en/info/faqs/shakespeare/shakespeares-times.html ) Elizabeth’s reign was on of considerable danger due to many invasions. However, she was always shrewd and decisive and became a well-respected leader. The later years of her reign are sometimes referred to as the Golden Age. She was buried in the same place she had her coronation. ( ) ii. The Church of England was established during her reign, it considered a compromise between Catholicism and Protestantism. Its doctrines were laid down in 39 Articles of 1563. ( ) C. Class structure: “The structure was hierarchical and arranged like a pyramid, with the numberless mass of the peasantry and laboring class at the bottom, and the Queen at the top.” ( ) There were various segments of society during in the Elizabethan Era: i. The Queen is the highest ranking on the social pyramid. When she showed her face to the public, she put on her most beautiful face. ii. The Court (since the queen was the highest on the social ranking, people would do anything to be like her. While you had to be born into queendom, you were able to become a member of the royal court, the next highest level, with ease if you were smart and rich. People would head to London to ask to be a member of the court. Most people put their fortune on the line for a chance to live this lavish life.
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iii. The Merchants, outside of royalty, there were merchants that would live relatively quiet lives once they earned their fortune. Many of the merchants that lived in London wanted to become mayor, their main reason for this was because mayors could sometimes have more power than the queen. iv. The Livery Companies were a group of people sufficient in a certain trade forming a group that controls that trade. Some examples of this is the ironsmith, that was in control of any iron work. These people controlled the economy. v. Apprentices were young men who typically would focus on a specific trade with a master from a Livery company. There was no pay and some masters asked to get paid for teaching apprentices. Many apprentices dropped out, but those who continued became journeymen. These would work for masters in exchange for pay.
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  • Fall '09
  • Elizabeth I, Time Period, Elizabeth I of England, historical time period

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