The role of elizabethan women

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The Elizabethans had very clear expectations of men and women, and in general men were expected to be the breadwinners and women to be housewives and mothers. All titles would pass from father to son or brother to brother, depending on the circumstances.

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It was thought men and women could do anything and be anything they wanted to be, that their capacity for knowledge was limitless. An Elizabethan woman aged quickly during this era.

For Elizabethan era women of noble birth, education included knowledge of several languages, including Latin, Greek, Italian, and French.

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Women could not own property of their own. He was expected to take care of her, make sure she had everything she needed, and most importantly to love her and be a good father to any children they had.

In some cases women could not inherit estates, but women could be heiresses to property, and some women, especially if they were the only child of a great noble man, could be very affluent heiresses indeed.

For single women at the time, the nunnery was a place suggested.

The role of elizabethan women

In several of the plays the female characters disguise themselves as men — so the audience would have seen a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property that the bride would bring to the marriage. She was later forced into taking the throne against her wishes. The type of clothing worn by Elizabethan women was dictated by the Sumptuary Laws. The punishment for disobey was the whipping stool - Elizabethan girls were beaten into submission and this happened to Lady Jane. It did not mean, as if often supposed, that the husband was able to command his wife to do anything he pleased, in other words, be a petty tyrant. Gender roles during the Elizabethan era were clearly defined, with men reigning superior over women. However, even noblewomen were not allowed to go to university and were only taught by tutors who visited them in their home. Of all the children Thomas More had, his daughter Margaret was his favourite, and William Cecil was a devoted father to all his children, male and female. The white make-up was lead based and therefore poisonous - Elizabethan women who applied this make-up were often ill and if it was used in sufficient quantities it would result in death. It was believed that women always needed someone to look after them. Before the music became a big part in people life during the Elizabethan Era theatre played a really big part during this time.

It was believed that women always needed someone to look after them. Elizabethan women were not allowed to go to university.

What was considered a woman role in life in elizabethan times

Many Elizabethan woman made arrangement for the care of their children in case they themselves died during childbirth. It was a male dominated society Elizabethan women had little or no control at all over their destinies. Marriage was seen as the desirable state for both men and women, and single women were sometimes looked upon with suspicion. All Elizabethan women would be expected to marry, and would be dependant on her male relatives throughout her life. Marriage generally lasted as long as the couple both lived. All titles would pass from father to son or brother to brother, depending on the circumstances. She was later forced into taking the throne against her wishes. In some cases women could not inherit estates, but women could be heiresses to property, and some women, especially if they were the only child of a great noble man, could be very affluent heiresses indeed. Elizabethan women from wealthy and noble families were sometimes allowed the privilege of an Education. Acting was considered dishonourable for women and women did not appear on the stage in England until the seventeenth century. On average, a woman gave birth to a child every two years, but as a lot of babies and children died from sickness, families were not always large. Elizabeth would have been expected to obey her husband. Royal Elizabethan Women Understanding the subservient role of Elizabethan women provides an understanding as to why Queen Elizabeth was reluctant to marry. Various languages were taught including Latin, Italian, Greek and French. Elizabethan women would have had to learn how to govern a household and become skilled in all housewifely duties.
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