Society on Elizabeth's Accession

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  • Society on Elizabeth's accession
    • Society was rigid and based on inequality and social hierachy
    • 90% of society lived ion the countryside
      • 10% in towns
    • No matter your place in Elizabethan society, you owed respect and obedience to those above you and had a duty of care to those below
      • Households had structure like society
        • Husband and father was head of the house
          • His wife, children and servants were expected to be obedient to him
      • Landowners would take care of their tenants
    • Countryside Hierachy
      • Nobility - major landowners; lords, dukes and earls
        • Gentry- owned smaller estates
          • Yeomen Farmers - owned a small amount of land
            • Tenant Farmers - rented land from yeomen and gentry
              • Landless and Labouring Poor - did not own or rent land, had to work/labour to provide for themselves and their families
                • Homeless and Vagrants - moved from place to place looking for work
    • Town Hierachy
      • Merchants - wealthy traders
        • Prossionals - Lawyers, doctors and clergymen
          • Business owners - Highly skilled craftsmen (silversmiths, glove makers, carpenters, tailors etc)
            • Craftsmen - skilled employees and apprentices
              • Unskilled Labourers and Unemployed - had no work and could not provide for themselves or their families
  • Landless and Labouring Poor - did not own or rent land, had to work/labour to provide for themselves and their families
    • Homeless and Vagrants - moved from place to place looking for work

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