Dating during elizabethan era
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(The next largest English city, by comparison, was only about fifteen thousand people.) London's population was divided.It included a small but powerful population of wealthy nobles, a prospering middle class, and a large and impoverished lower class living in miserable conditions.
For the first time it became possible for some enterprising peasants to take over the lands made vacant by the plague and become landowners themselves.
When Elizabeth I (1533–1603) became queen there were about 2.8 million people in England.
The population rose significantly during her reign, to about 4.1 million.
(Peasants were farmers who worked in the fields owned by wealthy lords.) About 95 percent of the population of England lived in these rural districts.
The peasant farmers performed almost all of the labor.
They could not afford to have their portraits painted nor to preserve their humble homes for future generations.
Historians agree, though, that daily life for the majority of Elizabethans had little to do with courtly life, and much to do with working hard to earn a meager living.England's farming economy was forever changed by the outbreak of a terrible plague, or infectious disease, that arrived on the European continent in 1348, killing more than one-fourth of the population in a few years.Continued outbreaks of the plague are estimated to have killed from one-third to one-half of Europe's population by 1400.Historians studying the Elizabethan Era, the period associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) that is often considered to be a golden age in English history, have focused mainly on the lives of the era's wealthy nobles.(Nobles were the elite men and women who held social titles.) The nobles held great power and frequently lived colorful and extravagant lives, but they made up only about 3 percent of the population.During Elizabeth's reign, as never before, it was possible for city merchants to become extremely wealthy and rise in social status.