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Nickname for Elizabeth's reign. Life is said to have improved.
Decided which leisure pursuits you could enjoy.
Sport for noblemen
Hunting, hawking, fishing, fencing, real tennis.
Sport for all men
Wrestling, swimming, gambling.
Sport for lower classes
What was football like in Elizabethan times?
Violent. No rules. Ball could be picked up.
People enjoyed watching sport, and gambling on the outcome.
A bear would be chained to a post and dogs set on it. Very popular spectator sport.
Dogs were set on a chained bull.
Metal spurs were attached to cockerels so they would tear each other apart when fighting.
Religious group who disapproved of sports and many leisure activities.
Lots of literature was write, especially poetry and plays.
People enjoyed watching plays.
Religious plays which were banned under Queen Elizabeth. This led to a need to write new non-religious plays.
The Queen's Men
Queen Elizabeth's own acting company.
A famous English playwright.
The most famous English playwright of all time (but only started writing plays in the 1590s after the period the course covers!).
First purpose built theatre built in Whitechapel, London.
Who enjoyed going to the theatre?
All classes and people.
Only men were allowed to act on stage. Boys usually played female roles.
Area near the stage which cost 1 penny to stand in.
Master of Revels
Person who co-ordinated all entertainment at Court and read plays before they were performed.
Censorship in the theatre introduced.
Popular instruments for the upper class
Lutes, spinets and harpsichords.
Popular instruments for the lower classes
Bagpipes and fiddles.
Very popular. Wealthy families employed their own musicians.
A popular and expensive habit in Elizabethan England.