The Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth

The Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth

The period from 1558 to 1603, known as the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth, marked a significant time in England's history. It was a time of peace, marked by the

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Slide2A time associated with Queen Elizabeth’s reign from  1558-1603 • Golden age in England's history • Height of the English Renaissance – poetry, music, literature, and theatre flourished • William Shakespeare and many others broke free of past style of theatre and arts • A period of peace in England

Slide3Life expectancy:  35 years • Primary course of study:  Latin • Plato’s chain of being: • Gods • Kings • Nobles • Craftsmen • Peasants • Women

Slide4Blood sports were popular (bear or bull baiting) • Fencing/jousting was also a common source of entertainment • Team sports became more popular - football, hurling, and soccer • Hunting was a great source of sport • Theatre was an important source of entertainment

Slide51558:  Elizabeth I becomes queen at age 25 • 1564: Shakespeare is born  (Stratford- upon-Avon) • 1582:  at age of 18, Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway (who was 26) • 1583 -1585:  has three children: Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith • 1587: Virginia Dare – first English-born child born in America • 1594: Shakespeare is leading member of Lord Chamberlain’s Company Timeline

Slide61534:  Henry VIII recognized as Supreme Head of Church of England: • Separated The Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church • Private life greatly influenced English political history • Wanted an heir • Died 1547 Timeline

Slide71594:   Taming of the Shrew • 1600:   A Midsummer Night’s Dream ,  Much Ado About Nothing ,  R & J • 1607:  English settlement at Jamestown • 1611:   The Tempest • 1616:  Shakespeare dies; buried at Holy Trinity Church • 1623:  Shakespeare’s widow, and his last surviving descendent, Elizabeth Hall, dies • 1623:   The First Folio :  originally titled “ Mr. William Shakespeare’s  Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies ” Timeline


Slide9English poet and playwright – greatest writer of the English language • The “Bard of Avon” • Plays have been translated into every major language and performed more than any other playwright • Early plays were comedies and histories and later ones were tragedies • Penned 37 plays – all written in iambic pentameter • Penned 150 short poem—most of which were sonnets

Slide10ONE THEORY:  Shakespeare was just a front to shield the identity of the real author(s) who for some reason did not want credit: • Scholars speculate that Shakespeare lacked the “education, aristocratic sensibility, and familiarity with the royal court” to be able to write such works of literature

Slide11SECOND THEORY:  EDWARD DE VERE:   •  17 th  Earl of Oxford • Elizabethan courtier, playwright, lyric poet, sportsman and patron of the arts – most popular alternative candidate proposed for the authorship of Shakespeare’s works

Slide12Built in 1599 in London by Shakespeare’s playing company:    Lord Chamberlain’s Men • Destroyed by fire on June 29, 1613 while performing Shakespeare’s  Henry the Eighth   • Rebuilt on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642 by the Puritans The Globe Theatre

Slide13All performances, weather permitting, were performed during the day (no lighting) • Open air theatre resulted in poor acoustics, so performers had to shout and exaggerate gestures The Globe Theatre

Slide14Performances were geared toward the uneducated masses – much focus on sexual innuendo, bodily functions, and slapstick (low comedy at its finest) The Globe Theatre

Slide15A Globe Theatre Performance

Slide16The Globe Theatre Layout • Three story, open-air amphitheatre that held up to 3,000 spectators • At base of stage was “the pit” — “groundlings”   paid a penny and stood on straw to watch the performances

Slide17The Globe Theatre Layout • Vertically around the yard:  three levels of stadium-style seats (more expensive seating) • These were ‘two-penny’ seats and were partially covered

Slide18The Globe Theatre Layout • Flag was flown on day of performance: different colors for different genres: comedy, tragedy, history •   ALL  characters played by MEN (often women played by young boys)

Slide19The Stage  of the Globe Theatre • Rectangular platform known as an ‘apron stage’ • Trap door for performers to use to enter from the ‘cellarage’ • Two to three doors at the rear of the stage where performers waited in costume • Balcony housed musicians

Slide20Layout of The Globe

Slide21All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts... ~ from  Shakespeare’s  As You Like It