Elizabethan manor houses showed the various changes

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Elizabethan manor houses showed the various changes that their owners experienced such as an increase in prosperity due to the rise of the Gentry, the use of new architectural styles and to show the support for Elizabeth at the time. The argument that stately homes were used to display the prosperity of their owners is strong as Bess of Hardwick was the wealthiest woman (aside from the Queen) and used the hall to display how she followed trends of the period. The statement is heavily supported by Hardwick Hall as manor houses were grand and due to the rise of the Gentry, many new houses like Hardwick Hall were built. Hardwick Hall showed a rise in preosperity as many trendy and expensive architectural features were included with the building. Hardwick Hall includes many muillioned windows, which displayed the wealth of Bess of Hardwick as glass was expensive to produce and the large amount of glass in Hardwick Hall shows the wealth of the owner; The hall also included false glass windows, windows on top of brick to show the wealth of Bess. Prosperity was also shown through the interior of the hall, featuring a variety of furniture and decorations. Imported furniture from France and carpets from Turkey cost large amounts to both comission and to import. Rooms also featured carvings into wood as centrepieces to a room, reflecting the status of the owner. Tapestries are also a prominent feature of Hardwick Hall, with tapestries following a
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  • Spring '18
  • jane smill
  • Elizabeth I of England, Elizabethan era, English Renaissance, Hardwick hall

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