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Elizabethan England




The Elizabethan era is the epoch in English history marked by the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603). Historians often depict it as the golden age in English history.

Life in Elizabethan England. Covers topics such as food, clothing, language, London etc

Elizabethan times this section and era covering Elizabethan Times includes the following subjects: major figures of the era, Elizabethan Times Culture, Nobles, Knights nd Politicians, Elizabethan Times Women and famous Elizabethan men and women.

Romeo and Juliet Historical Context

Romeo and Juliet Historical Context
This article introduces the historical context of Romeo and Juliet and explores how the play could have been a warning to Queen Elizabeth.

Romeo and Juliet as a warning to Elizabeth
by Don Maker, M.Ed.

For writers of real literature there are two inalienable truths: one, a writer wants to get out a certain message (which they hope the predominance of readers will either believe or at least consider), and second, the writer must write about what he or she knows, which usually means from their own background and personal experiences, although a writer may do one hell of a lot of research to make a story believable.

This essay is an attempt to explore the motivation behind William Shakespeare writing Romeo and Juliet. Yes, he was the resident playwright for The Globe and its players, The King’s Men, so he was charged with producing manuscripts. Believed to be written between 1591 and 1595, Romeo and Juliet was one of Shakespeare’s ear. Source:

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The Social Structure in Elizabethan England

Queen Elizabeth was at the top of the social pyramid. When she chose to show herself to her subjects she glittered with jewels and gold like an icon. There could be no mistaking who she was. She rode on horseback, or on a litter, carried above the eye-level of the crowd. They were not to know that the glamour of her richly embroidered and bejewelled clothes was frugally maintained by constant refurbishing and altering – she even wore refurbished robes that had belonged to the previous queen, Mary Tudor. Source:


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