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William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Period . 1558-1603. English Monarchy and History. Plantagenet Family: 1154-1399 War of the Roses House of Lancaster (Red Rose) 1399-1461 House of York (White Rose) 1461-1485 Tudor Family Henry VII: 1485-1509 Henry VIII: 1509-1547.

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English monarchy and history
English Monarchy and History

  • Plantagenet Family: 1154-1399

  • War of the Roses

    House of Lancaster (Red Rose) 1399-1461

    House of York (White Rose) 1461-1485

  • Tudor Family

    Henry VII: 1485-1509

    Henry VIII: 1509-1547


Wives of henry viii
Wives of Henry VIII

  • Catherine of Aragon: 1509-1533

  • Anne Boleyn: 1533-1536

  • Jane Seymour: 1536-1537

  • Anne of Cleves: 1540-1540

  • Catherine Howard: 1540-1542

  • Catherine Parr: 1543-1547


English monarchy history cont
English Monarchy & History cont.

  • Edward VI: 1547-1553

  • Mary (Bloody Mary): 1553-1558

  • Elizabeth: 1558-1603

  • James I: 1603-1625

    King James VI of Scotland

  • Charles I: 1625-1649


Characteristics of the elizabethan period
Characteristics of the Elizabethan Period

  • Great Explorations

  • England ruled the seas

  • The middle class emerged

  • Poor traveling conditions


Characteristics of elizabethan period cont
Characteristics of Elizabethan Period cont.

  • Social changes came about

  • Advancement in architecture

  • Englishmen were curious and enthusiastic

  • Government was strong


London during the times
London during the times

  • 180,000

  • Walled city

  • London Bridge

  • Lake Havasu, Arizona (1973)


The elizabethan theater
The Elizabethan Theater

  • Forerunner to Elizabethan Theater

  • Touring Players

  • The plays had in them:

  • Patronage


The theaters in england
The Theaters in England

  • Theaters

    The Theatre: 1576 (James Burbage)

    The Curtain: 1577

    The Rose: 1587

    The Swan: 1595


The globe
The Globe

  • The Globe: 1598

    Lord Chamberlain’s Men

  • Acting Companies—skills

    Senior Actors

    Hired Men

    Boy Actors


Performance days playwrites
Performance Days/ Playwrites

  • On the day of a performance:

  • Playwriting:

    • Students and recent university graduates

    • Actors and clerks


Shakespeare s writing
Shakespeare’s Writing

  • Literary Techniques

    • Soliloquy, Aside, Pun

  • Men who influenced Shakespeare

    • John Lyly

    • Thomas Kyd

    • Christopher Marlowe

  • Literary Sources—Plutarch and Holinshed

  • Genius of Shakespeare


Life and times of william shakespeare
Life and Times of William Shakespeare

  • Born: April 23, 1564 Stratford on Avon

  • Parents: John Shakespeare & Mary Arden

  • Siblings: 3 brothers, 2 sisters, all younger

  • Education

  • Marriage: Anne Hathaway, Nov. 28, 1582

  • Theater Life


Life of shakespeare cont
Life of Shakespeare (cont)

  • Lost Years

  • Plague

  • Lord Chamberlain’s Men

  • Queen Elizabeth’s health

  • James IV becomes James I

  • King’s Men

  • Retirement


  • Globe burns down

  • Draws up will

  • Death by beer--April 23, 1616 London

  • Inscription:

    Good friends, for Jesus’ sake, forebear

    To dig the dust enclosed here

    Blest be the man that spares these stones

    And curst be he that moves my bones.


  • The First Folio--John Heminge and Henry Condell

  • Ben Johnson wrote eulegy--“He was not of an age, but for all time.”

  • Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations

  • Extra Tidbits

    • Stratford

    • Special Dispensation


Characteristics of a shakespearean tragedy
Characteristics of a Shakespearean Tragedy

  • Tragic Hero

  • Hamartia

  • Fatal Mistakes—Caesar/ Brutus

  • Catharsis

  • Conflict

  • Humor


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