Elizabethan Era

The Elizabethan Era was named after Elizabeth I, one of the most famous British leaders in history. She was devoted to serving her country which was speculated to be the reason why she never married.

Elizabeth’s father was King Henry VIII who was known to have six wives and created a religion that allowed him to divorce his ex-wives. He had Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, beheaded when Elizabeth was still an infant. One of the most significant things was the Spanish Armada where she defeated the Spanish who were out to conquer England.

During this era, William Shakespeare rose to fame for his playwrights and is regarded now as the greatest writer of the English language. Even up to now, his playwrights have been translated into many languages and are still studied in school.

Another notable thing that happened in this era was the Elizabethan fashion. Elizabethan fashion was applicable to the upper class. This was when ruffled collars were at the height of fashion. Expensive and elaborate materials such as satin, velvet, and silk were used. Women also used corsets to shrink the appearance of their waist and give shape to the skirt they were wearing.