BC: Bibliography "The People of Elizabethan England." The Lost Colony - National Outdoor Theatre. 12 Aug. 2010. Web. 10 Mar. 2011.
FC: Shakespeare; Elizabethan Culture
1: Geography The geography of England at the time was very different than modern england.. It prospered in economics, social and political ways. During this time Britan was made up of Whales, Scotland, England and parts of Ireland. There winters were cold and summers were boiling hot. Their Southern Mountains were plains, and compromised of rolling hills. They had fertile soil, which was good for farming and supplied them, with a surplus of goods. Their bodies of water allowed them to be good fishers and explorers in which they were. Temperature was mild, and it rained often.
2: Religion During this time period, religious persecution and differentiating within religion were two conflicts. The two main dominant religions were Catholic and Protestant faith. Witches were blamed for bad things that happened because they were neglected against. Old, poor, unprotected, single women/widowed were targets for wizardry. It was a large belief that if when you sneezed it meant that the devil would be able to enter your body. To prevent it you would say "God Bless You."
3: Achievements Elizabethan was presented with a phenomenal writer in WIlliam Shakespeare. HE wrote Romeo and Juliet.(one of his more famous books) They contained a variety of different musics in: court,stage, and in church. Virtually all plays, comedies and tragedies used music to heighten the drama. Art was also considered a huge achievement during this time. Many painters were experimenting with new techniques, such as oil paints and the discovery of perspective. It allowed them to have a repoitre of ways to make paintings of what they believe in, and what they feel.
4: Politics Elizabethan was based on a monarchy. Specifically the Elizabethan era had some odd laws etc that was made by Queen Elizabeth I ideals and customs. Everyone had to attend church because she was in charge; what she said went, and everyone followed in her footsteps. This form of government was unlike a democracy because a democracy allows anyones opinion to be impacted in a creation of a law. Whereas a monarchy doesn't allow any opinions and the main leader has the call. If you were charged with a severe crime, you would endure a couple types of torture. In England the monarchy was very female, meaning that it's been mostly female rulers since England started using a monarchy. Her administration was very centralized and everything ran through the privy Council and was directly appointed by the Monarch.
5: Economy England emerged as the main naval power in the Western world. Many advancements in adventures and military defeats established the Church of England, and Sir Francis Duke was considered one of the most celebrated English sea captains of all time. London increased in population, and a rising merchant middle class made out for a prolific livelihood, including an economic boom. Wool was an important export, and home grown produce helped feed much of the English people. The main food eaten by the wealthy was meat. Chicken was believed to be introduced by the Romans. Improved agriculture also led to an increase in herbs, vegetables and fruits.
6: Shakespeare's Childhood William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. He was baptized three days later on April 26, 1564. He grew up in Stratford upon Avon and was the 3rd of 8. He had 5 sisters and 2 brothers. His parents; John and Mary were very helpful in building William into the great playwright he was. William attended school until his early teens. There he learned English, reading, and literature etc. He married Anne Hathaway and had 3 children; Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet. Their were various rumors that spread about the relationship in their marriage such as: WIlliam only married Anne because she was already pregnant before they were married so William wanted it to make sense that they had a baby for a good reason. Also he was said to have not wanted to marry Anne in the first place. An obscene tragedy happened due to an unstoppable plague. At only age 11, Hamnet died, and later his wife Anne died in August of 1623, after him.
7: Shakespeare's Career Shakespeare, being the multi-talented person he is, was famous mostly for his poems, his acting and his plays. IN his early years, he moved to England to make a name for himself during the 1580s. Throughout his career, he's written 37-40 plays, (found some other plays after his death) and wrote 154 sonnets and and few other poems. He's written all sorts of plays and has different genres such as history, comedies, and tragedies. Romeo and Juliet being his most famous of all. Such titles are The taming of the shrew and Henry IV. He actually didn't get the idea of Romeo and Juliet by himself, his borrowed and later modified the play from a 3000 line poem written by Arthur Brooke. He originally was a part of the Queens Men but eventually broke off and started his own acting company called Lord Chamberlains Men. It later was switched to the Kings Men. This involved making a theater in which people could view these plays. INvolved with owning it was James Burbose. The Globe Theater; could hold up to 3000, and only provided a selective amount of seats for the people who paid for them, others stood. It opened in September 1593 and later burned down due to a massive fire. Many may wonder why women didn't take part it acting. At the time, it just wasn't approved my the Queen, so men played all women roles including their male parts. Many theaters were shut down because they contained information going against the political beliefs of the government.
8: Biography of: Giuseppe Smolev My name is Giuseppe Smolev, and I am a baker in the Capulet house and I am 22 years old. In my daily life as a baker I construct different cakes and pastries for my customers. Since I do work for the Capulet’s i work in a wonderful environment so i am accompanied with a lot of help and i enjoy every moment that i am in their house. Our relationship is not secretive because in any situation pertaining to either of us, we are allowed to know anything, except from very personal issues. The Capulet’s provide me with wonderful lunches and when my day is over (around 6) I return home and eat dinner with my family. I have had 5 years of education, I dropped out of school when I was in the 5 grade and never went back. Well I devote much of my time to the Capulet family and I enjoy working for them. They treat me like family since I’ve been working for them for a long time. My relationship with the Capulet family is not in bad shape. I have been working for them for 12 years now and i love it. They treat me as if i was a Capulet and we have had our faults, but they obviously enjoy my company because i have been working there, and it's been my only job so far. It's a wonderful experience so far and i hope that i can continue with working with them.
9: Daily Life I live in Verona, Italy and I work as a baker for the Capulet family. Each morning I wake up and go to work and sometimes stay at work deep into the night. Well since I work for one of the richest families in Verona, I receive a wondrous amount of money because of my work. I am 6 feet 2 inches and i weigh 195 pounds. I have greenish blue eyes and dark brown eyes. I work as a baker so i am always talking and communicating. I'm talkative, but not overly annoying. I talk when i need to. I work out not to often because i am always working, but when i have the chance i try to keep myself in good shape, considering that i am a baker. Oh I CAN'T SING i am not vocally talented. My tempo is off, i can not follow a melody or whatever... Everyday i wear my baking outfit. I am provided with the best wardrobe ever. The classic cook look basically. But when i am not on the job, i wear street clothes; t-shirt sweats and loafers. My house is not the biggest and most attractive, which i do not care about. I believe a house does not reflect how rich you are. Me and my family live a healthy life and that's all that matters. I have a wife and 2 children with another on the way. Our house is made out of wood paneling and stone which i picked out myself.
10: Famous Shakespeare Quotes "Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." "To be or not to be: that is the question." "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name" "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all." "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow" "An honest tale speeds best being plainly told." "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry". - Hamlet "The course of true love never did run smooth". "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun"
11: Pictures | Stratford upon Avon, the place where Shakespeare spent most of his early childhood and early teens. | Romeo and Juliet, his most famous and best tragedy he ever wrote | Shakespeare's birthplace, and his house where he grew up in. | These are Shakespeare's kids: Hamnet, Sussana, and Judith. At the age of 11, Hamnet died from a plague that brought suffrage to the whole area of Stratford upon Avon.
12: Society The Elizabethan period in england had a daily life based on order. The monarch, nobles, gentry, merchants, and laborers. Specific clothes were made for each class to wear. They believed that God made these rankings and showered blessing upon each. It was disrespectful for a laborer to wear clothes of the rich. It allowed an easy way of identifying who was who and gave a simple way to identify their rank and privilege. Not only was social rank a huge part of their society. Education, birth and wealth also played key roles within an early modern English community. Laws were implied to curb the expenditure of each class. The new laws applied to foods, beverages, furniture, jewelry, and clothing.
13: Bibliography "Elizabethan England Maps, Map of Elizabethan Era England." Elizabethan Era England Life,Facts,Elizabethan Times,Famous Pirates, Explorers,Costumes,Education,Theatre. Web. 10 Mar. 2011.