Shakespeare’s culture, society, and town life. By: Kelly McHugh Nicole Campbell Skyler Smith Tyler Forman Maria Pfister. Shakespeare’s culture. Shakespeare’s time was during the middle ages so most goods were sent by water.
By: Kelly McHugh
In Shakespeare's culture there was over 1,000 fugitives in England. Fugitives would be fined to a sanctuary for 40 days if they have reached a church. Someone would have to stand every day outside and watch guard. If a fugitive escaped the watch keeper would be fined.
There were many curfews in the town to keep the peace. The curfew bell was approximately rung by 8 or 9 pm. This meant that brewers, Tavernier's, and smith’s could go home from their long day at work.
Many towns people had a fear of fire. Fires were dangerous because of how fast they could spread. The towns people did not have a supply of water.
most houses were build out of wood because of the expenses. Houses started to be made by brick during the Tudor times.
everyone in the town had to keep a full vessel of water by their door step incase of a fire.
town day formally began with a ring of a bell around 5 o’clock each morning. This proclaimed the first mass of the day. Shops opened early 6 o’clock each morning. towns folks had their first meal time around 9 or 10 o’clock AM. This gave them a break from shopping.
markets were very crowded and noisy. Merchants had to “cry the wares” to get customers attention.
Saturday was a day for shop closings.
in the town bells were a great because it helped towns people keep time. Bells are helpful for court cases, fires, or summon civic meetings. Criers were a great cause for news, they also help ring the bell to aware town dwellers.
∙The town was built on trade, and full of merchants. Merchants needed stability, so they supported the king and a strong government. Merchant guilds controlled society but often clashed with craft guilds for power
Merchant Guilds: controlled trade in city
Craft Guilds: controlled quality of workplace
-sanitation of streets
-fear of fires
∙buildings were concerned, made out of brick not wood
∙beds in houses were made from straw
- started with bell at 4/5 o’clock
-shops opened around 6
-first meal around 9/10
-mornings were busiest
- settled down by noon
- most closed at 3 or until the sun went down
- barbers/blacksmiths stayed open until crew few bell
∙early closing day, close around 12
∙supposed to be restful day
∙trades were allowed to work after mass
∙field work could be done before mass
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Medieval England – daily life in medieval towns, britainexpress.net. DavidRoss and Britain express.Web.2 April .2012.