By: Ryan Bertelsen

Elisabethan Culture

Queen Elizabeth reigned for about forty-five years. After thirty of ruling over England she defeated the Spaniards. She was very fond of the theater. And after Queen Elizabeth died King James I rose to power and had Shakespeare under his patronage.

The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare performed his plays in the Globe Theatre. All the actors that performed would have to yell for all the spectators to hear them. The Theatre held 3,000 spectators and had between 10,000 and 20,000 people attend weekly.

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare is responsible for creating over 2,000 words in the english dictionary. Some of the words and phrases that Shakespeare created are elbow room, alligator, fungal, eyeball, gloomy, all that glitters is not gold, and zang. He usually acted in some of his own plays as well. Shakespeare lived in London most of his life. He met his wife Anne Hathaway and married her on November 28, 1582. He created thirty-eight plays and 154 sonnets.

Other Playwrights of Shakespeares Time

Christopher Marlowe was another famous playwright and poet. He was greatly influenced by Shakespeare. Also Francis Beaumont was student of poet and playwright of Ben Jonson. He then wrote The Knight of the Burning Pestle.

Shakespeare's Legacy

Shakespeare influenced so many plays, languages, and other entertainment pieces. He created most of the common language that we use today. He wrote some of the most popular plays today. People still go to see versions of Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.