Dating and marriage in the elizabethan era

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They could not afford to have their portraits painted nor to preserve their humble homes for future generations.Historians agree, though, that daily life for the majority of Elizabethans had little to do with courtly life, and much to do with working hard to earn a meager living.However, the new industries provided few jobs for unskilled laborers.The peasants who were lucky enough to find work in the cities earned extremely low wages that barely fed them, and many of them were unable to find employment at all.

They moved to the cities, which were prospering because of the new cloth industry and the other growing trades.By the early sixteenth century laborers found they could demand more money and better working conditions.For the first time it became possible for some enterprising peasants to take over the lands made vacant by the plague and become landowners themselves.When Elizabeth I (1533–1603) became queen there were about 2.8 million people in England.The population rose significantly during her reign, to about 4.1 million.They farmed the land: about one-third of the land solely for the lord; a portion to support the local church; and the rest for their own use.

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