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Daily Life in Shaksperes Time Information Sheet Social Rank Peasants were very poor and were treated like slaves Basically they were slaves and did not own anything Peasants were so poor that they had to live on borrowed land owned by the nobles people connected to the monarchy Peasants were given a small piece of land to build their one or two roomed shacks and to harvest their crops in exchange for their labor and payment Peasants were basically the lowest of the low Merchants and craftsmen had a different and more comfortable life than that of the peasants and had more satisfactory homes There were two different kinds of merchants One was the manufacturer They owned big factories and had large work forces for making a fair amount of goods The traders were the second kind of merchant They bought goods from people and then sold them in exchange for more goods Craftsmen set up shop at big towns so they could make a good profit Markets were held once or twice a week in the town square Wooden stalls were set up for each business At sunset the town bells rang to sound the curfew Everyone had to finish work and go home Sometimes during the Elizabethan period the merchants of a town found that by working together they could achieve much more than when working independently They started banding together forming clubs called guilds They werent really clubs but there were members and a President The purpose of a guild was to control the trade of the town so everyone would have an equal profit Religion The Elizabethan Church started in 1559 Two thirds of the English population was Roman Catholic and other Catholics put this number higher There were not many Protestants at the time The Catholics greatly outnumbered all other religious groups and London became the Catholic Capitol of the world The Church did not have an
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