Life in England during Elizabethan Era

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This site will give you information of daily life during Elizabethan Era in England.

It has information on Elizabehan Costumes, Fashion, Crime, Torture, Theater, Arts and Culture, Family, Children, Family, Education, Medicine and many other facts about the Elizabethan times. Elizabethan Era is considered as a golden Era in English History.

We have also given detailed information of Superstitions, Laws, Religions during the period and also crimes and punishments, including torture.

If you wish to read more about history of Britain, also visit Victorian Era which has loads of information about another famous Era in British history. If you want to travel to England see various museums in London and enjoy its history, have a look at Attractions in London and other places in England.

The below portrait of Elizabeth is a copy of a portrait that was made in approx. 1588 to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada (depicted in the background). Elizabeth I's international power is reflected by the hand resting on the globe.

Elizabeth I era

Elizabethan Theaters:Theater in Elizabethan England was mainly divided into venues where the plays were performed; open air amphitheater, inn-yards and playhouses. See more information on theater.

Elizabethan Costumes: Elizabethan clothing was a significant thing. In fact there was even a law related to it. These laws stated the colors as well as the type of clothing an individual was allowed to own and wear. Read more interesting information on Elizabethan age clothing.

Elizabethan Explorers: Elizabethan age was a golden period for explorerers and sailors. Some of the famous Elizabethan explorerers were: Sir Francis Drake, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, and probably the most famous explorer Christopher Columbus.

In 1571, the Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws were passed according to which every person who is above six years was to wear a woolen cap on Sundays and holidays.
The pirates wore clothes that were opposite to the law. Since the pirates wore mixed clothing they would be termed as Motley crew. See more on Elizabethan age pirate costumes.

Elizabethan Era Medicine: The Elizabethan England medicines were simple; leaches and cupping were used to get blood. Moreover; tobacco, lily root, arsenic, and dried toad were as well used. Read more on Elizabethan medicines.

Elizabethan era daily life: The Elizabethan period in England had a daily life based on social order: the monarch as the highest, the nobility as second rank, the gentry as third, merchants as fourth, and laborers as fifth. The queen was believed to be God's representation here on Earth.

The Elizabethans had a high regard for family in a community. They believed that families were role models for the community. They were standardized and followed a deep respect for the importance of hierarchy. See more on daily life during elizabethan times.

Different tortures during Elizabethan age: During the reign of Elizabeth I, the most common means of Elizabethan era torture included stretching, burning, beating, and drowning (or at least suffocating the person with water). Torture at that time was used to punish a person for his crimes, intimidate him and the group to which he belongs, gather information, and/or obtain a confession. Read more information on torture.

Elizabethan era children's education: For most children, education would begin at home, where they were taught the basic etiquettes and proper manners. Other basic principles of childhood included respecting their mother and father, asking their parents blessing, rising early in the morning and saying their prayers. See more on children.

Elizabethan fashion: Fashion in England during the Elizabethan Age was considered a way of self-expression for all members of the social ranks.

For women, fashion was simple but made attractive. It covered the skin from the neck to the ankle. Like women's clothing, men's clothes were detailed with inconvenient ruffles, too. Boys and girls also wore dresses of the same styles. Dressing was regarded as an art form that is why Elizabethan people took time and effort to dress themselves. Read more information on Elizabethan clothing fashion for men, women and children.

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