What was it like in England when Shakespeare was alive?
William Shakespeare lived in England while under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. During this time (1558-1603), England saw a rebirth in national pride, an artistic explosion and appreciation in poetry, literature, and theatre, international expansion, and victories over Spain, a powerful and despised rival.
What was health like in Shakespeare’s time?
The health and medicine in Shakespearean times was not advanced at all. There were many diseases without reasonable cures. The main cause for all of the disease and illness in this time period was lack of sanitation and poor diet.
What was entertainment like in the Elizabethan era?
Entertainment at court in Elizabethan times included jousting, dancing, poetry-reading, dramatic performances, hunting, riding, banqueting and concerts.
What was hygiene like in the Elizabethan era?
Mostly, they just washed their hands and face and combed their hair. They relied on their underclothes to soak up dirt and smells and changed these as often as they could afford to have them washed. They also used perfumes and sweet waters to cover up bad smells. Often people bathed in ponds and rivers.
What was Shakespeare like as a child?
His mother was the daughter of a local farmer and his father was a glove-maker. They were one of the richest families in town. Shakespeare went to school in Stratford, where he would have learnt to read and write in Latin and Greek as well as English.