Once a year the Queen would go on a progress to the southern counties, but most of the time she resided in one of her great royal palaces: All these palaces were, in their different ways, magnificent to behold with high fanciful towers and a sea of spiralling chimneys. Whitehall was reputedly the largest palace in Europe, spanning an incredible 23 acres, and it was in this palace Elizabeth lived more than any other.
Religion[ edit ] The Church was a major influence for music in the 16th century. The Puritans wanted to do away with all Church music, but the will of the people to sing only made it more predominant.
The style of the church music was known as choral polyphony. Hundreds of hymns were written for the church.
Many of those are still sung today. It was very common of that time for commoners to have music played for them whenever they wanted, too. She could play the lute and virginalsa small form of a harpsichord, sang, and even claimed to have composed dance music.
Queen Elizabeth encouraged composers and musicians, employing over seventy musicians and singers. Queen Elizabeth also enjoyed dancing.
Musicians[ edit ] Town musicians were known as Waits. The Waits have been in existence as far back as the medieval period. The role of the Waits was to perform at public occasions of the viewing pleasure of the town.
They were to play original composed music. Street musicians or travelling minstrels were looked down upon. They were feared and soon grew out of style and were replaced by the tavern and theatre musician. Street music was common to be heard at markets and fairs.
The music was usually light and quick. They performed using fiddles, lutes, recordersand small percussion instruments attracting crowds whenever they played.
Location on stage meant everything to a theatre musician.
The location gave certain effects to the sound produced. This could the impression of distance or providing an atmosphere to the plays and performances done. Theatre music became even more popular with the rise of William Shakespeare in Composers[ edit ] William Byrd Many composers of the period are still known by name, today.
Many of his songs still exist today. William Byrd was the chief organist and composer for Queen Elizabeth. Also during the 16th century were John Bull —best-known organist of the Elizabethan era, and John Dowland —leading composer of lute music.
John Dowland published his first book of songs or Ayres in Elizabethan England. English History Links | Home. The age of Shakespeare was a great time in English history. The reign of Queen Elizabeth I () saw England emerge as the leading naval and commercial power of the Western world.
Elizabethan Maundy By Levina Teerlinc. Wiki Commons. The Queen would usually retire to Whitehall for Christmas and then move on to another palace, such as Richmond or Greenwich, before moving to Windsor for Easter and the Maundy ceremony.
This website has been written for Grades The topics are not meant to go into great detail about any one subject, but rather give the student an overall view of the Elizabethan Age.
Recreation during the Elizabethan Era encompassed spectator/blood sports, team sports, simple games, and individual amusement activities.
Queen Elizabeth enjoyed hunting--at age 67 she was occasionally found on horseback loving the "thrill of the chase".
The daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I was born in Greenwich Palace, London, on 7th of September Famously unwanted, because her tyrannical father was obsessed with having a son to succeed him, Elizabeth's early life was troubled.
When she was only two and a half years old her mother was beheaded and Elizabeth spent the rest of her. With parental permission, boys are legal to marry at 14, girls at 12, though it is not recommended so early.
One comes of age at Sir Thomas More recommended that girls not marry before 18 and boys not before