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==Arts and Sciences==
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''Main article: [[Elizabethan music]]''
Due to restrictive print licensing, most of the printed music from the early part of Elizabeth's reign was written by [[William Byrd]]. The [[madrigal]] enjoyed an enormous level of popularity, as did the [[lute song]] towards the end of her reign.
''Main article: [[Elizabethan Poetry]]''
* [[Sonnet]]
Dance in Elizabethan England seems to have been closely linked to that of [[France]]. Two important 16th century dance sources come from England. The [[Inns of Court Dances]] come from a series of manuscripts, and flesh out detail on the [[pavan]] and [[allemand]] style of dances. The [[Gresley Manuscript]] on the other hand, detail dances substantially different from those known from France.
* [[Renaissance dance]]
With the attention paid, subsequently, to the works of Master [[Shakespeare]], the Elizabethan era now offers a relatively broad view of London and metropolitan theatre.  The sites of the ''Rose'' and the ''Globe'' theatres are known (and a rough facsimile of the latter built on [[London]]'s Bankside, and the sites of others (one on Curtain Road in the east of the City of London, another at Blackfriars) have been deduced.  We have approximate names of companies and patrons, some [[Court]] records of payments made for performances, and even one or two contemporary reviews.  We know of half a dozen playwrights (most of whom appear to have tottered in and out of favour like modern boy-bands) and we know that the London theatre was frequently closed due to plague, when the companies would go on the road, calling in at patrons' houses or other notable addresses to deliver their performances.
===Fibre arts===
* [[Elizabethan embroidery]]
''Main article: [[Elizabethan clothing]]''
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Revision as of 07:03, 6 January 2007

The Elizabethan period of England is equated with the reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603. It is considered a Golden Age of English history.


Elizabeth gradually distanced herself from Spain in foreign policy. Religion proved a sticking point between the Catholic Spain and the Protestant Elizabeth. The two counries were soon at war, but a decisive victory over the Spanish Armada meant Spain no longer posed a threat to England.

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Main article: Elizabethan Names

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