Elizabethan Era: The Golden Age

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Elaborate gowns, lavish parties, palaces full of gold and silver- these are just a few thoughts that come to mind when one hears the term “Elizabethan Era”; however, there is more to this period than what meets the eye. The Elizabethan Era was a significant epoch in the United Kingdom’s history. Ranging from 1558 to 1603, this was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Elizabethan Era, also known as the Elizabethan Age or Elizabethan Period, is said to be the golden age of English history, with a quite diversified public life, a rise in the fine arts, and numerous advancements in many technological and scientific fields. To begin with, the highlighted topic of almost all historic accounts of the Elizabethan Age was the lives of nobles, “painting the pretty picture”, but most people fail to realize that there is always another side to every story. Nobles and peasants lived very different lives, as one might expect. Historic records show that “The Elizabethan Period in England had a daily life based on social order: the monarch as the highest, the nobility as the second rank, the gentry as third, merchants as fourth, yeomanry as fifth, and laborers as sixth” (Elizabethan Era). Many aspects of daily life between the nobles and the lower classes varied. One such aspect was education. The children of nobility received high quality education from renowned scholars, while most other lower class children did not even know how to write their own name. The type of education differed among boys and girls of the nobility too. Boys generally learned Latin, English, sometimes Greek, arithmetic, and religious education. Girls were taught by their mother or another female figure on housekeeping matters, tending to children, how to be a good... ... middle of paper ... ...fer York Stock. Vol. 1: Almanac. Detroit: UXL, 2007. 123-140. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Alchin, Linda. "Elizabethan Food." ELIZABETHAN FOOD. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. Alchin, Linda. "Religion in Elizabethan England." Religion in Elizabethan England. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. "Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England." Elizabethan World Reference Library. Ed. Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock. Vol. 3: Primary Sources. Detroit: UXL, 2007. 169-179. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2014."Elizabethan Era." The Lost Colony. The Lost Colony, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. Olsen, Kirstin. "Art." All Things Shakespeare An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World. 2002 ed. Vols. Volume 1 A-L. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002. "Science and Technology - Elizabethan Museum." Elizabethan Museum. Elizabethan Museum, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

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