Elizabethan Era 1558 - 1603

Tudors Times 1485 - 1603

Jacobean Era 1603 - 1625

Elizabethan Era Language



The time when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England is known as the Elizabethan Era. This period began with her coronation in the year 1558 and lasted for almost 44 years until her death in 1603. The Elizabethan reign witnessed many developments as far as science and technology is concerned and is even regarded as the Golden Age.


People in this era were very religious and the concepts of Superstition and other false beliefs originated in these years. It is often said that the English language used during the Elizabethan times was difficult and complex. The truth however is that the language was simple but the manner in which it was used was different.


During the Elizabethan period, the English language consisted only of 24 letters as against 26 used in the modern English language. Another aspect of different usage of the language was that some letters like 'j' and 'i', 'u' and 'v' were used to mean the same thing.


One more point of difference between the usage of English language then and now is that during the Elizabethan times, a common man was aware of very few letters that were used to speak or write as compared to the present age. Also, with the Shakespearian plays, new words were added to the vocabulary.


Thus, Shakespeare can be given the credit for inventing new words that were later on adopted into the mundane language whether spoken or written. Some of the words introduced by Shakespeare through his plays are- Accused, Courtship, Countless, Exposure, Luggage, etc.


It can thus be seen that despite the Elizabethan language being simple, much confusion was created about its understanding because of the different manner in which was used and also because there was difference in the number of letters used then and number of letters used now.

   
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