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The term, “Elizabethan Era” refers to the English history of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (1558–1603). The Elizabethan age is considered to be a time of English renaissance which saw the flowering of poetry, music and literature. The era is most famous for theatre, as William Shakespeare and many others (Marlowe, Greene, Lyly, Kyd, and Peele) composed plays that we still read and watch today.
It was also an age of exploration and expansion that saw England emerge as the leading naval and commercial power after the defeat of the Sapnish Armada in 1588.
Additionally, Elizabeth firmly established the Church of England (begun by her father, King Henry VIII after a dispute with the Pope) changing England from a Catholic to Protestant country. This resulted in several societal changes including social classes and people moving from rural areas to the city of London.
The following Main topics identify areas from this period for further exploration and research. Each topic is linked to it's corresponding Information Tab.
- Actors & The Kings Men
- Arms & Weapons
- Crime, Punishment & Torture
- Diseases & Medicine
- Education System
- Family Life
- Fashion & Hairstyles
- The Globe Theatre
- King James I (Monarch after Elizabeth)
- Marlow & other playwrights
- Music & Dancing
- Professions & Trades
- Queen Elizabeth I
- Recreation & Entertainment
- Religions & Practices
- Renaissance in England (Architecture, Art, Literature & Pageantry)
- Role of Women
- Science & Technology
- The Seas (Explorers, Pirates/Privateers & The Armada)
- Wm. Shakespeare
- Shakespeare's Sonnets
Great starting point or for use when looking for topic not included or for more information related to your topic.
Click here for list of websites that are comprehensive - contain many topics.
Click here for 3 Renaissance Faire videos (under Music & Dance tab) for a visual representation of what the Elizabethan Era was like.
Click here for information on Daily Life in Elizabethan Era from Gale Database.