THE ELIZABETHAN ERA

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THE ELIZABETHAN ERA

Elizabethan England 101The Elizabethan Era is called the golden age of the English history by English historians and ran from 1558-1603. It’s named after Queen Elizabeth I. This was a time where poetry, music and literature really started to flourish in England. The era is most famous for theatre, as William Shakespeare especially wrote plays that stood out of England’s past style of theatre.

The Elizabethan England

Queen Elizabeth IQueen Elizabeth I was born in 1533 and was crowned as queen when she was 25 years old. She was daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and was the fifth and final monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth became queen after her sister, Mary, died in 1558.Elizabeth's nickname "The Vigrin Queen" originated from the fact that she never married.She died in 1603, 69 years old.

While the rest of Europa was affected by the conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants, Queen Elizabeth restored peace between the two religions, by allowing both religions to function peacefully along side of each other. Her half-sister, Queen Mary I, who reigned before her, favoured the Catholics, and was nicknamed Bloody Mary as she had numerous Protestants killed. Queen Elizabeth returned England to the Protestant faith, but allowed some of the old Catholic traditions to live on.In addition to restoring the peace in the country, Queen Elizabeth expanded the country’s trading overseas, and increased England’s wealth. A combination of the restored peace and the boosting wealth of the country, created an ideal starting point for the arts to flourish.

Theatre was a growing industry in the Elizabethan Era. Since Elizabeth’s reign was a time of peace and prosperity in England, the art had time and space to blossom. Therefore theatre became very popular amongst the people. Queen Elizabeth I also grew very fond of these dramatic stage plays.Theatre troupes travelled the country, and put on performances at Inn-yards: guesthouses were performers and guests could stay, indulge themselves in unlimited alcohol and food, and generally have a great time. Later in the Elizabethan Era actual theatres and playhouses were build all over the country. London, the capitol and heart of England, became a leading centre of theatre and art. It was here in London that William Shakespeare resided and wrote his famous plays. Famous theatres such as “The Red Lion” theatre (build in 1567) and Globe Theatre (build in 1599) were a result of theatre’s massive popularity.

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The Theatre

SHAKESPEARE Queen Elizabeth reign started in 1558. In April 23th. 1564 William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, just 6 years after Elizabeth took on the throne. The Elizabethan era is most famous for it’s theater – especially written by William Shakespeare and some other playwrights. When Shakespeare first came to London he became part owner of the Globe Theatre and wrote plays and poems. In her reign, England didn’t just improve their economics, but also their culture – for example with Shakespears work.

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