Elizabethan Era

The commonly used fabrics were silk, velvet, and fur. To decorate the banquet tables, models of birds, animals, wine glasses, playing cards, etc, were made out of marzipan and sugar. The dresses were designed in such a way that they highlighted the thin waist of the wearer. Names such as “Miranda” and “Olivia” were in fact used for the first time by Shakespeare as names for his characters in his plays. Culture, music, clothing, food, customs, literature, and not to mention the famous people such as William Shakespeare and explorers like Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake, have each contributed to make this era very special and memorable in the European history. Women were considered inferior to men, both in lower classes as well as upper classes, and depended on men for all kinds of support. Men, on their part, wore jerkins with silk hats and leather shoes. Some of the famous musical instruments of this era were – virginal, lute, trumpet, hautboy, big clarions, harp, sackbuts, and viol. Secondly, slashing of the clothes was done so as to reveal the inner garments. Some of the popular ornaments and embellishments used were brocades, laces, embroidery, velvets, ribbons, buttons, and cords. Some of the popular theaters were the Globe, the Curtain Elizabethan Theater, the Bull Ring and the Hope Elizabethan Theater, the Swan Theater, Newington Butts, and the Boars Head. Of course, that’s not the only reason why it’s called the golden age.

Names

There are many popular names today whose origins lie in the Elizabethan era. Here is a list of some of the popular male and female names of this era. William Shakespeare’s plays of this era, usually had poems accompanied by music, which were very aptly used to express all kinds of emotions.

Food

The diet, just like anything else in the era, varied according to the social class a person belonged to.

Clothing

The clothing in the Elizabethan era was very elaborate.

Elizabeth

Margaret

Martha

Rose

Rebecka

Dorothy

Anne

Winifred

Sidney

Katherine

Judith

Esther

Susanna

Christian

Alice

The kind of clothing one could opt for depended a lot on the Sumptuary Laws passed by Queen Elizabeth. Both men and women were very fashion-conscious. Family ties were very strong among the village people and professions were passed on from one generation to another. According to them, only the queen and her relatives could wear clothing in which golden embellishments were used. Gambling, hunting, hawking, archery, dog and cock fights, wrestling, skittles, bear and bull baiting, and hammer-throwing were the most popular sports of this era. Fish, meats of pigeons, goose, swan and blackbirds were also eaten along with vegetables like carrots, turnips, leeks, onions, radishes and garlic. Many new types of theater flourished, and produced some of the best plays in the English language. They went to great lengths, such as importing fabrics from all over the world, to use in their clothing. Padding up the shoulder and the hip area was pretty common. The poor people mostly ate fish, cheese, bread, and ale. As for desserts, pastries, custard, cakes, cream, and tarts were widely savored.

Female Names

Some other forms of music that became popular during this era were street music and theater music. And it was not just the elites; people belonging to all the classes became interested in singing and performing. However, the lower classes could only wear clothes in fabrics like linen, wool, and sheepskin. While the lower classes preferred to sing themselves during family dinners, the rich people, who could afford more, hired musicians to play music for them during parties and get-together. But mostly, the life of the people in this era depended on the class they belonged to.

Male Names.

Music

As Queen Elizabeth herself was a music lover, she greatly patronized musicians in her court. As far as clothing in this era is concerned, there were some peculiarities to it, such as the women aped many of the designs in men’s clothing. Meats such as mutton, bacon, beef, lamb, rabbit were a preferred choice of the elite. Religious church music, dance music and ballads were often played at the court. On the other hand, the rich had a wide variety to choose from. Valentyne

John

Richard

Nicholas

Nathaniel

Thomas

William

Stephen

George

Humphrey

Edward

Edmund

Ralph

James

Henry

Although people lived ordinary lives during this era, yet the kind of intellectual achievements and creativity this age fostered can be compared to none in the English history!

For entertainment, people looked towards theater and sports. Some of the popular fruits were apples, strawberries, plums, pears and cherries.

Life

It was the age of the Renaissance so lots of new ideas pertaining to literature, science, education and religion began affecting the way people lived their lives. Women wore dresses which were made of a number of garments.

This era of Great Britain is also known as the golden age, and is named after its virgin Queen Elizabeth I. Long flowing robes were worn by both men and women alike

Posted January 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

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