Shakespeare’s World – SpeechSocial Life: the Royal Court, lifestyles of rich and common people
Good morning/afternoon. May I present my speech about the social life of people wholived at the time when Shakespeare was still alive.You must have at least realized that there is a big difference between the 21
century andthe Elizabethan era, that no fancy skimpy clothes were ever worn for ladies and transportwere a big difference between modern cars now. OK, enough about this and let’s moveon.Social lives greatly affect the people who live within the Elizabethan era. They aredivided into groups based on their social order: monarchy is the highest followed bynobility, gentry, merchants and lastly, laborers. The king and queen are representations of their ruler: God. Therefore their social rank is first. People believed that God formedthese social ranks and had showered his blessings on each group. Clothes are alsosynchronized to display their ranks. For example, it would be unusual for a laborer towear an expensive dress made from satin.Royal CourtThe royal court is made up of the Queen’s servants to courtiers. Annually, the Queenwould travel among the southern countries, but she mainly lives at her royal palaces:Whitehall, Hampton Court, Greenwich, Richmond, Westminster, St James, Windsor Castle and Nonsuch. Out of all places she lives, Queen Elizabeth lived at Whitehall morethan any other.About a thousand people attend the court. The larger the space is, the more people attend.For this situation, the Queen built her palaces near London. As this is a centre of trading, people could easily find accommodation, but people appointed at court have a high statusand respect which mean that they would have more luxurious suites.Lifestyles of the Poor/CommonA daily lifestyle is quite important for people who work as peasants, or people who work and live under the status of the rich. These people do not travel around much, as most of their needs are provided in their own village including drinks from the village brewer andfirewood from local or nearby forests as well as the essential ingredients to foods. If needs cannot be met in villages, there are neighboring farms. Luxuries and surplus of goods are sold a few times a year at a local market fair.Peasants usually own a field or farm, so most of their time is usually spent on this area.Early in the morning, they begin the day by taking care of their fields and sheepmeadows. They continue doing so until midday starts. During midday, they feedthemselves. Food mainly eaten was a bit of cheese and bread, with pints of ale (drink believed to be healthy, even to children). By evening, they walk back home. Many people believe danger occurs usually at night, so people are back at their homes by sunset.Candles were not that affordable, even a single fire. If they can afford them, they spendthe rest of the evening chatting and playing games. If peasants had a bit more wealth,they will have an evening reading of the Bible.