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By definition a class is a group of people with a related social standing There are often distinct differences between the classes denoted by characteristics such as ones wealth education career and health These principles applied for the Elizabethan Era as well Elizabeth herself was a member of the upper class while other fairly successful people belonged to the middle class Peasants were the lowest ranked class usually because they were unfortunate enough to either contract a disease that disabled them from work or they were farmers that were stricken with poverty when a harvesting season went bad The upper class consisted mainly of nobility and wealthy landowners Those in this class generally handled governmental affairs They also had their children brought up with an education in music math and history It wasnt rare for many of them to be literate in multiple foreign languages as well as their own such as Latin English French and Spanish Also the men usually received a better education than the women The men of nobility were taught extra skills such as horse riding hunting shooting and hawking as well Because of this classs social statute and wealth they were easily able to treat themselves to the best of the food available during their time especially meaty foods But because of the large consumption of meat with few vegetables many eventually suffered from diseases such as scurvy which is weakness of the bone The dinnerware consisted of wooden plates like those of the lower classes but these were accompanied by other delicacies of the Elizabethan period such as chairs forks and glasses The favorite drink of all the classes was beer although the upper class favored wine imported from French vineyards One custom between the people of this class and the peasants was known as the giving of alms to the poor This was were a wealthy person would contribute money and sometimes provide supplementary shelter
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