Elizabethan Times

food, the family roles, popular sports and games

Food

People generally eat 3 meals per day. In Shakespeare's day they wouldn't know what a chocolate chip cookie is. They only used chocolate for medicinal purposes. The swiss have not yet added milk or sugar in it.

Family Roles

Women's Role

They were subservient to the men in the family all of their lives and expected to obey the men in all aspects of their life. Disobedience was seen as a crime against their religion. Marriages were arranged to suit the family. There were no careers for women - and women and there were no schools for girls, so the majority were illiterate.

Men's Role

The Elizabethan family life for men was one of power. The men made the decisions and the women were expected to obey them! The men were expected to support the family from a whole variety of occupations. And they were expected to improve the positions of all members of the family through influence and patronage from wealthier people and families than their own.

Children's Role

The Elizabethan family life for men was one of power. The men made the decisions and the women were expected to obey them! The men were expected to support the family from a whole variety of occupations. And they were expected to improve the positions of all members of the family through influence and patronage from wealthier people and families than their own.

Sports/Games

  1. Jousting- Its a sport where the object of the game is where you knock your opponent off of their horse, both of you have a staff armor and a horse, this sport was only for the rich.

  2. Hunting- the activity of hunting wild animals or game, especially for food or sport.

  3. Dancing- move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.

  4. Fencing- the sport of fighting with swords, especially foils, épées, or sabers, according to a set of rules, in order to score points against an opponent.

  5. Archery- the sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target.

Comparing & Contrast sports from Shakespeare's time

  1. football is a physical sport but not as physical as jousting, jousting grantees at least one death every couple matches.

  2. soccer and archery has similarities like accuracy and skill but soccer has a ball in the sport and archery has a bow and arrow.