English Society at Elizabeth's Accession


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  • English Society on Elizabeth's Accession
    • General hierarchy
      • 90% of England's population worked in the countryside
      • The monarch was the top of the scale with the rest of the nobility
      • The gentry came next. Yeomen were simply lower gentry - owning a small amount of land.
      • Tenant farmers rented land from the Yeomen or the gentry and farmed it.
      • Lastly came the poor who owned no land and the homeless.
    • Hierarchy in the Towns
      • Hierarchy here was based on your work and your wealth.
      • Wealthy merchants were at the top followed by professionals.
      • Next came the skilled craftsmen like carpenters and tailors  - these were business owners.
      • Craftsmen followed, these usually were skilled employees and apprentices.
      • Finally the unskilled labourers and unemployed came at the bottom of society.
    • There was no police force or army to keep order but instead there was a hierarchy.
      • Society was very strict and you were expected to know where you stood.
    • You were supposed to respect those above you in society and care for those below you in the hierarchy.
    • Households were similar with the father/ husband at the head of the house and his wife and children obey him.
  • There was no police force or army to keep order but instead there was a hierarchy.
    • Society was very strict and you were expected to know where you stood.

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