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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Elizabethan Culture double click to change this header text! The Elizabethan Age is often known as the Golden Age of English History. It started when Elizabeth I became the Queen of England in 1558. During her 45 year reign, Queen Elizabeth the I transformed London and the rest of England into a great commercial and cultural center where literature and the arts thrived. Queen Elizabeth recognized the extreme importance of the arts to the legacy of her nation. Specifically, Queen Elizabeth was fond of theater, so she allowed the construction professional theaters in England for the first time. This led to the creation of many of England's greatest playwrights during her reign. Queen Elizabeth especially loved the baiting of bears and bulls with English dogs. On May 25th, 1559, French ambassadors were entertained by english mastiffs pitted against bears and bulls. The diplomats were so gratified that Queen Elizabeth always provided a similar show for any foreign visitors she wished to honor, and eventually, in 1591, an order issued from the privy-council forbid the acting of plays on Thursdays because that was the day bear-baiting and related activities were practiced. The system of British Peerage and Nobility completely determined ones position in society during the 1500s. This heavily influenced the characters in all English plays written during the Elizabethan era, because a characters title immediately informed the audience of the persons importance, rank, and position in society. Religion was vital during the Elizabethan era. Queen Elizabeth made attendance at Church of England services completely mandatory, and it was illegal to attend or hold a Catholic Mass. While Elizabethan religion was strict, it allowed freedom of belief as long as the subjects were not encouraging sedition or openly flouting their different beliefs.
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