Essay on Snapshot of Elizabethan England

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A snapshot of Elizabethan England

The Elizabethan era was named after me,
Queen Elizabeth I. I ruled England from

Strap yourself in for a tour of Elizabethan England.
As you view the sights, complete your Y-chart.
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Old Paper,

Panorama of London by Claes Van Visscher, 1616 no angels,,_1616_no_angels.jpg LONDON TOWN
This detailed representation of London was created by the Dutch artist
Claes Van Visscher in 1616, the year of Shakespeare’s death. There’s certainly a lot going on. London was the cultural and commercial centre of
Elizabethan England. It was crowded, fast-paced and by all accounts quite smelly. Click on the link below to see the city in three dimensions! Eng_Y10_U5_SS_SnpshtElizabethanEngland

The city of London was packed with people moving from the countryside to seek employment and opportunity. London was home to a vast number of working poor. The theatre became a key part of their leisure time.

Hollar,Wenceslas,The Old Globe, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre was built in 1598 with this majority in mind. The standing room section of the Globe was big enough to accommodate the rowdy, unwashed crowds, known as ‘Groundlings’ or ‘Stinkards’. Up to 500 of these people could stand and watch the plays of Shakespeare for about a penny. They would eat nuts and fruit as they watched the play, or throw these items if a character or actor was not well liked. Wealthier people would sit on rather comfortable cushioned seats in the row and balcony sections. A soldout crowd would fit 1500 people.
An audience would see amazing things in a Globe production.
Elizabethan special effects included elaborate costumes, props such as real swords, armour, human bones and even working cannons.
Trapdoors and rigging would allow actors to suddenly appear on stage or fly through the air. Music and sound effects were also part of the production.
You would not see women on the stage, however. Elizabethans thought acting an unladylike profession. The degree of control females had over their lives also restricted their participation. Instead, young boys would play female roles, until their voices became too

Above is a reconstruction of the Globe theatre, which is situated in London. People can attend he new Globe theatre to watch plays in the manner of the Elizabethans (minus the throwing of food).
© Law, Richard, Stage of the Global Theatre,Southwark, licensed through Creative Commons

Have a look inside the new Globe theatre here: CATHOLICS VS PROTESTANTS
The Elizabethan era was a time of religious tension. Protestants and
Catholics had longstanding disagreements about their conflicting interpretations of Christianity. At times the two religious factions engaged in violent conflict.

Maria Stuart Execution,,Mary%28exec%292.jpg The watercolour image, created in 1613 by an unknown Dutch artist depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary, a Catholic and
Elizabeth’s cousin, became a symbol for Catholic resistance in the
British Isles. Her imprisonment stimulated many anti-Protestant plots against the Queen and realm. In 1587 Elizabeth decided to end the threat once and for all by beheading her cousin.


Under Elizabeth I, Protestantism was the official religion of England. On occasion, even she was the target of