Key Topic 3: Elizabethan Society in the Age of Exploration


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  • Key Topic 3: Elizabethan Society in the Age of Exploration
    • Leisure Activities
      • Fencing
      • Tennis
      • Hunting deer
      • Household musicians
      • Song evenings
      • Tobacco
      • Archery
      • Fishing
      • Feast days - drinking and feasting
      • Stories (printing press)
      • Theatres
      • Inns and taverns (everyday life)
      • Wrestling
      • Running
      • Football
      • Hunting rabbit
      • Sang ballads
      • Gambling
        • Bear baiting
        • **** - fighting
        • Cards and dice
    • Elizabethan Theatre
      • Groundlings - stood up (poor)
      • Rich people - sat down in covered galleries
      • Many people shouted and there was no scenery
      • Wealthy people sat on stage
      • Colourful costumes and complicated plots and characters
      • Theatres built: - The Curtain (1577)             - The Rose (1587)             -The Theatre (1576)
      • Elizabeth loved plays (gave £3 tip) but worried about religious and political messages
    • Did opportunities in education increase in Elizabeth England?
      • Scholarships given to bright boys from a poorer background
      • Taught Latin and Greek
      • Some lower classes taught to read and write
    • Causes of Poverty
      • Bad Harvests
        • Food prices went up due to shortages
        • Farmers rent increased
        • Village labourers lost jobs
          • More sheep and less crops
      • Unemployment
        • Work for spinners and weavers
          • Cloth important
        • Cloth trade collapsed in 1550s
        • 10,000s lost jobs
      • Population Increase
        • Black Death: low population until 1500s
        • More jobs needed but there were fewer jobs in cloth + farming
        • Less jobs were available so many couldn't earn money
      • Inflation
        • High demand for food
        • Wages not going up but food prices were
        • New coins with less gold + silver made under Henry VIII ? nobody trusted them
      • Monastery Closures
        • Monasteries provided food and shelter in 1530s
          • Less help for the poor
        • Dissolution of Monasteries
          • Less help for the poor
    • The Poor
  • Working people and the unemployed
    • Everyone
      • Lords and their gentries

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