The Life Of Shakespeare
In Elizabethan England
Shakespeare had three themes for his plays. Those were: History, Tragedy and Comedy.
History - Number of plays: 10
Tragedy - Number of plays: 10
Comedy - Number of plays: 17
Meaning of Lines in the Twelfh Night
I know of none;
Nor know I you by voice or any feature:
I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.
My interpretation of these lines could mean two things. It could be talking about a disease or illness (like the black death) because it does not have a voice of a feature but it "inhabits our frail blood.", or it could also be about a character in the play itself that the narrator does not know but they still managed to hurt the narrator, because it talks about "ingratitude in a man"
Life In Elizabethan England
Services and Occupations
Definitions of some jobs or shops:
Barber Surgeon - dental work
Apothecary - Drugs etc.
Fletcher - made and sold arrows
Masters and Servants
People of your household:
Steward - oversees the running of your estates
Nurse - takes care of your children/infants
Maids and Grooms - servants
City of London
The Bubonic Plague or Black Death
The bubonic plague (or also known as the black death) was a disease that plagued people of the Elizabethan era. It mostly spread through fleas that lived on animals, but it could also spread by breath. This meant that the people who were most likely to catch the disease were farmers because they deal with animals.
If someone caught the virus, the families and the victim were confined to their house and the doors were locked and barred from the outside, which meant no one was allowed to leave and no one was allowed to enter. The only way to get food was for the family to lower a basket from a window and a watchmen would provide them with food.
There were men to get rid of the bodies of the deceased but some of them died from the bubonic plague and eventually there was a shortage of men to take care of the bodies. The bodies also got out of hand and eventually they just left them in their house until they could take care of them, and they placed a red cross over the door to show that there was a body in the house.
How Did The Plague Affect Shakespeare?
Major outbreaks of the bubonic plague resulted in the
Globe Theatre to be closed three times, in 1593, 1603, and 1608.