Elizabethan Era Social Hierarchy
First Estate • The First Estate /Upper Class: • Below King and Queen were nobles, dukes , marquesses, barons, and viscounts. • What they did…
First Estate • Next to them was the King’s chosen group of knights. • The Queen’s Maids of Honor: • Were with her day and night • Were subject to her moods and her passions • Complimented what she wore
Second Estate • Second Estate/ Middle Class: • Included people with hereditary titles such as duke, lord, earl, marquises, viscount, or baron. • What they did… • How they could advance…
Second Estate Citizens • Citizens were… trades people that lived in the city/town. • What they did… • How they could advance… • Yeomen were… like Citizens but lived in the country. • What they did… • Below Citizens but still very prosperous. Yeoman
Third Estate • Third Estate/Lower Class: • Most complex and changeable part of society. • Owned nothingor had little • Laborers: did most of the work when hired on a farm. • Servants: depended on position and who they served.
Outsiders • The outsiders were people who didn’t have homes or food like beggars. • Some groups such as Muslims, Jews, gypsies and slaves were also apart from the three estates. • They were usually poor and had limited rights. • Also criminals and prostitutes traveled about the kingdom either stealing or finding jobs.
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