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Quote from Queen Elizabeth!
"...I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms..."
The career opportunities available to a person in Elizabethan times often depended on the class the person was born into. Lower-class citizens often did labor-intensive, dirty and/or low paying jobs, while the wealthy nobles maintained a healthy abhorrence of work and depended on low-born servants to complete the menial day-to-day tasks. The arts were active during Elizabethan times, as was entertainment, so some also worked full time in these fields.

Middle-Class Jobs

Members of the middle class were responsible for the business of trading and producing goods. Merchants bought items like silk from around the globe and then sold them at market. Cloth and weaving were the leading goods according to the site The Lost Colony. Yeomanry was from among the middle class, whose ranks also included farmers, tradesmen and craft workers. Though some of its members were wealthy, middle-class citizens did not often bear titles.


The laboring class was the lowest of the time. People in this class generally worked long, hard days. People in this group included day laborers, retailers that did not own land and almost anyone who worked with his/her hands, like artisans,…