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Everyday city in London

during the Renaissance

London during Renaissance

London was barely 2000 years old
during the Renaissance
London played a big role during the
Renaissance contributing through
leadership, architecture, art and

Family roles
In the renaissance womens job in the family was to care to the
house and watch the children.
Children old enough to work often helped their father to help
create income for the family. It was normal for youth to be
treated as adults, and this included wearing attire and
speaking/acting like one.
At age fourteen men were sent to either become an apprentice
or work as a servant in a wealthy house, depending on the boys
social class. If there was a access to education, boys were the
one getting it. Only wealthy girls received decent education.
Over time, girls were taught the basic skills to care for a
household by there mother. Poor families would sent theirs
daughters to work as a domestic worker.
Girls were not seen as a women until they were married.


Numerous monarchs influenced Renaissance fashion, the Tudor

monarchs of England had perhaps the most important impact on
Western European fashions of the 16th century. And out of these
monarchs, the most influential were Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Lower classes, such as laborers and apprentices would wear linen,
a light, cool fabric derived from the flax plant, wool, or sheepskin.
The styles of the gowns worn by women in Renaissance England
changed from year to year, but the basic styles remained the
same. Women wore gowns comprised of a tight-fitting bodice and a
fuller skirt that would hang down to the ankles. Dresses cut to
expose much of the neckline were acceptable and fashionable.
Clothing of the upper classes was heavy and cumbersome, and
restricted movement for the wearer. Women of the lower classes
wore much less restrictive styles, both for freedom of movement,
and because they did not have servants to help them dress. In
dressing, a lower class women would wear a much looser corset, or
none at all.

Lady Jane Grey


Story telling- this was a good way to teach a lesson,

preserve history and tell about other peoples life.
Music-traditional instruments were: harp, violin, recorder,
bells and lute.
Dance for nobles the dances were courtly ogranized, but
ordinary people enjoyed folk dancing plays and poetry-this
was the typical form of entertainment.
Fibre arts this was a favored activity for women.
Games of skills or table games.


Large game birds like peacocks, swans and cranes were

served along with their feathers for decorations.
Smaller games like heron pheasant were common in the
menu as well.
It was a custom to serve pork alongside fried chestnuts.
Root veggies like carrots, caraway, and parsnips were
Asparagus considered a luxury vegetable.
Fruits was especially popular.
Physicians claimed that the row fruit was poisonous.
Fruit dishes were consisted of : marmalades, compotes and
row salads.

Famous art
William Shakespeare

lived form April 23rd, 1564-April 23rd, 1616

Famous poet and play writer;
His most famous plays are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet,
Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Henry V . His famous poems
consisted Sonnet 29 , Sonnet 71 .
In Shakespeares time some of the changes had already
taken place and he was feeling their effects; others were
actually taking place during his lifetime and still others
were yet to come.


The English Reformation began in 1534. It all started when

King Henry VIII wanted to divorce his first wife for not giving
him a son. The pope refused to do it, so he then separated
from the Roman-Catholic Church and began his own church.
Although he did not intend to create a Protestant church,
he managed to do so, even though his only interest was to
overpower the Roman church with his English-Catholic

Social Class Affects Peoples


Monarch: The queen was supposed to be seen as Gods

representation on the Earth.
Nobility: A person became a member through birth or was put in
the position by the king or Queen. Officers of Queen Elizabeths
council were usually nobles.
Gentry: Knights, squires, and gentlemen. Most owned large
amounts of property became wealthy trough owning land.
Merchants: Jobs included cloth wearing, trading and working at
shipping ports.
Yeomanry(middle class):lived comfortable bur illnesses or bad luck
can lead to poverty. Includes farmers, tradesmen, craft workers.
Laborers(low class): they did not own any of their own land, and
worked at jobs requiring physically effort skill. Examples are
artisans, shoemakers, carpenters and brick masons. This class
also included beggars and servants.

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