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Sketchy life...

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Ben Johnson – Elegy written for Shakespeare
And tell how far thou didst our Lyly outshine,
Or sporting Kyd, or Marlowe's mighty line.
And though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek,
From thence to honour thee, I would not seek
For names; but call forth thund'ring Aeschylus,
Euripides and Sophocles to us;
Pacuvius, Accius, him of Cordova dead,
To life again, to hear thy buskin tread,
And shake a stage; or, when thy socks were on,
Leave thee alone for the comparison
Of all that insolent Greece or haughty Rome
Sent forth, or since did from their ashes come.

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Bloody Mary
Queen Mary I (r.1553-1558), Elizabeth's sister, believed passionately in the Catholic religion and persecuted Protestants who were burned alive for their beliefs ( hence her nickname Bloody Mary )

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Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I (r.1558-1603) succeeded her sister Queen Mary and restored Protestantism as the official religion. 

She did, however, firmly believe that people should be allowed to practice the Catholic religion without fear of recrimination so long as it presented no threat to peace in the realm and her rule over England.
                                                                                                     Never got married; was married to her country…

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Queen = Catherine of Aragon -> Catholic
Henry VIII -> Protestant
Bloody Mary -> Catholic
Elizabeth I -> Protestant
James V of Scotland = James I of England -> Protestant

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Elizabethan Era
-> 1558 to 1603
: Golden Age of England
-> rise of the English navy with the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588
-> new worlds, new sciences, new inventions (printing press!)
<=> witchcraft, superstitions
-> Bubonic Plague (consequence?)

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Wheel of Fortune

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Four humours

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The Globe...
-> Theatre had an unsavoury reputation. (outside of city)
-> Could hold several thousand people, most standing in the open pit before the stage (shouting at actors!)
-> Rich nobles could watch the play from a chair set on the side of the stage itself. 
-> in the afternoon, because, of course, there was no artificial lighting

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-> no women performed in the plays.
Female roles were generally performed
by young boys.
-> Transvestite Comedy

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in  love

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