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  1. 2. <ul><li>Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright </li></ul><ul><li>He was regarded as the greatest writer in the English language </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>He was probably educated at the King's New School in Stratford </li></ul><ul><li>was the son of John Shakespeare, a successful glover and alderman originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer </li></ul><ul><li>He was the third child of eight </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Was inspired by nature and great novelists of his day like Ovid and Seneca. </li></ul><ul><li>Famous plays he had written include “Macbeth”, “Hamlet”, “ The Tempest”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and “The Merchant of Venice”. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Known as the Elizabethan era </li></ul><ul><li>Often considered to be the golden age in English history. </li></ul><ul><li>Ruled by Queen Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603 </li></ul><ul><li>There was an Anglo-Spanish War from 1585-1604 </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>The Rich </li></ul><ul><li>There were about 55 noble families in England </li></ul><ul><li>These people were the lords and ladies of the land </li></ul><ul><li>They were rich and powerful, and they have large households </li></ul><ul><li>The Poor </li></ul><ul><li>Children, when they were old enough, were put out as apprentices to craftsmen </li></ul><ul><li>the able-bodied who could not find jobs on their own were put to work, usually in workhouses established in the towns </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Gentry </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth was the key to becoming part of the gentry. </li></ul><ul><li>These were people not of noble birth who, by acquiring large amounts of property, became wealthy landowners. </li></ul><ul><li>The Yeomanry </li></ul><ul><li>Between the two extremes of rich and poor </li></ul><ul><li>They have apprentices and take religion very seriously; usually, they are literate </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Elizabethan theatres </li></ul><ul><li>Main part of the theatre was open to the skies </li></ul><ul><li>Did not have lightning or electricity </li></ul><ul><li>Plays had to be watched in daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Stage was measured about 12m x 12m </li></ul><ul><li>Had to stand throughout the whole play </li></ul><ul><li>People at the front were close enough to touch the actors </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>the period of European history marking the waning of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world: usually considered as beginning in Italy in the 14th century </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The Black Death hit Europe from 1348 to 1350. </li></ul><ul><li>The Black Death was carried by fleas on sailing vessels returning from the ports of Asia, spreading quickly due to lack of proper sanitation </li></ul><ul><li>The population of England lost 1.4 million from 4.2 million to the Black Death. </li></ul>