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Elizabethan England

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1: Geography Elizabethan England existed during the 16th century, and controlled England, Wales, and Ireland. The Elizabethan territory covered about 50,334 square miles and was populated by about three million people.

2: Shakespeare's Early Life William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was baptized on April 26th, 1564. He was one of seven siblings, and he was his parent's third child. His parent's names were John and Mary, and his father was involved in the town council. Shakespeare attended primary school for about nine years, and studied the alphabet, Latin, and classics

3: Married Life and Early Career At age eighteen, William Shakespeare married a twenty-six year old, named Ann Hathaway. Together they had three children; Susanna was the oldest, and Hamnet and Judith were twins. At age eleven, Shakespeare's only son Hamnet passed away.

4: Early Career William Shakespeare had three professions in which he is famous. He was a playwright, poet, and an actor. Early on in his life, at about age eighteen, he went off to join an acting company known as "The Queens Men". This beginning step was the first of many he would take to accomplish his dreams.

5: Later Career After his acting career, he started to write plays and poems. He wrote some of the greatest historical plays ever. He also built the Globe Theater which opened in March 1610. People went to see Shakespeare's plays at the theater because he made people relieve their everyday stress, and he was able to give people a laugh every once in a while.

6: Geography Continued... The Northern part of the Elizabethan territory was mainly mountainous, and the Southern part consisted of rolling hills and plains. The Thanes River flowed through which allowed for the people to travel by boat. For the most part, it was a very rural area.

7: Religion Some people of the Elizabethan Era believed in the supernatural-witchcraft. Some performed witch hunts, and some people were accused of being witches-particularly the elderly. The people had many superstitions involved with the devil, and they believed in all sorts of mythical things.

8: Religion Continued... As well as believing in multiple superstitions, they were also Christian. Queen Elizabeth created the Church of England, and required everyone to attend Church every Sunday, and every holiday. Protestants were persecuted, and the Church of England had total power, even over the Pope. The people used the book of common prayer, which contained various religious themes.

9: Achievements The Elizabethan Era involved many advancements in the arts, and science. Many houses, restaurants, hotels, pubs, and cottages existed, along with the printing press which was also invented. The printing press allowed for an increase in book production, and an increase in knowledge.

10: Achievements Continued... The people of Elizabethan were also very skilled in the arts. They had many literary artists who developed world famous pieces of literature, one being William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The theater developed music that was varied, and accommodated many moods. At this same time, Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world, architecture prospered, and two Universities, Oxford and Cambridge, were acquired.

11: Politics During the Elizabethan Era, Queen Elizabeth held all final decisions. She was the head of the monarchy, and even had more religious control than the Pope. | Politics During the Elizabethan Era, Queen Elizabeth held all final decisions. She was the head of the monarchy, and even had more religious control than the Pope.

12: Politics Continued... Under the Queen was the Privy Council, which had many branches. The Queen hand selected governing executives and chief advisers. Lord Treasurer, Lord Chancellor, Lord Privy Seal, and Secretary were the most important leaders. The Parliament can be compared to the Supreme Court, because it addressed controversial policies.

13: Economy In England at this time, there were many occupations, some grew crops to feed their families, while others took on other jobs, such as being a baker, basket-maker, blacksmith or a carpenter.

14: Economy Continued... There were many important industries that helped make the economy prosper, such as tobacco, oversea trade, woolen cloth, and iron making. Antwerp was the center of trading.

15: Society During Elizabethan, there were various social classes. There was the monarch on top, then nobility, gentry, merchants and then laborers. A person's food, drink, and clothes even depended on your class.

16: Society Continued... Children in Elizabethan were to obey their parents under any circumstance, and family was main priority. they were role models for the community.

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