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The Elizabethan Era

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The Elizabethan Era was a time associated with Queen Elizabeth I’s reign from 1558 to 1603 and is often considered to be the golden age in English history.
It was a brief period of largely internal peace between the English Reformation and the battles between Protestants and Catholics and the battles between parliament and the monarchy.
During the Elizabethan Era two main concepts flourished: Humanism and the Renaissance. Humanism is a worldview and a moral philosophy that considers humans to be of primary importance. Not only the soul but also the body of man was worth adoring and cherishing. Human perfection was glorified and man was seen as created by God, but also capable of self-creation, aware of his own importance and potentials to change things. Furthermore, the people of the period wanted to create an entirely human order, a world dominated not by God, but by Man.
This is believed to be the age of great genius: philosophers like Francis Bacon and Thomas More, scientists like Copernicus and Galileo and great rulers like Henry VIII who is rightly described as a Renaissance prince, and Queen Elizabeth I from the House of Tudors.
The other main concept of the Elizabethan Age was the Renaissance which stands for the rebirth of the classical concept of the world, especially in art and philosophy. The Renaissance is also marked by numerous advancements in what we would call technology. The most important, the invention of printing, took place in 1455, and first came to England in 1475, when William Caxton set up a printing press in Westminster near Westminster Abbey. The effects of printing were widespread but not as rapid as we might suppose. The percentage of people who could read and write slowly grew as books became less expensive and more available. The English language, which had been in flux for centuries stabilized near the end of the fifteenth century and evolved into modern English in the sixteenth century.
The Reformation as a broad movement was...


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