Who were the Elizabethans?I think it's something to do with the olden days and Shakespeare's time..

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  The Elizabethans are people who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in England (1558-1603).  This period was the pinnacle of the English Renaissance and produced much poetry, music, and literature. The most prominent of the Elizabethan writers is, of course, William Shakespeare, a creative genius who broke from past styles of drama. In addition, the Elizabethan Age was a time of exploration and expansion abroad.  Compared to other countries, England was well-off since Italy's Renaissance had come to an end with foreign domination and France was engaged in its internal religious conflicts.  To the benefit of England, France suspended its enmity with England to focus on this internal problem, thus providing peace for England. However, there was yet conflict with Spain.

During the Elizabethan Age, there was a strong belief in the connection between the supernatural world and the earthly world.   For instance, an eclipse was considered a bad omen. Many superstitions were dated from the Dark Ages.  Belief in witches and fear of the forces of nature were prevalent during this era.  Hundreds of women were put to death as witches since people blamed the loss of crops, plagues, death of animals, etc. on witches.

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