What are the major characteristics  of Elizabethan age?characteristics must describe those elements like religious toleration, social contentment .enthusiasm ,the drama  and others.... please...

What are the major characteristics  of Elizabethan age?

characteristics must describe those elements like religious toleration, social contentment .enthusiasm ,the drama  and others....

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A good guide to the Elizabethan era is Tillyard's The Elizabethan World Picture.

In religion, Henry VIII had established the Protestant Church of England. "Bloody" Mary restored the Roman Catholic Church and then Queen Elizabeth restored her father's Protestant church as the official state religion of England. This differed from Roman Catholicism in that the laity read the Bible in English and received communion in both kinds. Services were in English and used a movable communion table and a westward facing position rather than a fixed altar and an eastward facing position.

It was a period of great flowering of drama, including tragedy, comedy, and mixed genres. Among Shakespeare, Marlowe, Beaumont and Fletcher, and Webster were among the leading playwrights.

In poetry, accentual-syllabic prosody, increasingly refined from its Chaucerian origins, dominated, and many continental lyric genres such as the sonnet were widely practiced.

Music was polyphonic, and such composers as Tallis and Byrd developed a distinctive English style associated with "jubilation."

 

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