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During Elizabethan period England had a centralized, well organized, and effective government, as a result of the reforms of Henry VII and Henry VIII. Economically the country began to benefit greatly from the new era of Atlantic trade. However, despite all the achievements during this era, 40 years after the death of Elizabeth the country was to descend into the English Civil War.
Clothing and fashion played an important role among upper class during this period. There were laws that said who could wear what types of clothes. Fashion was heavily influenced by Spanish and French styles.
The Elizabethan Period also famous for its theatre and the works of William Shakespeare. The opening of "The Red Lion" theatre in 1567 was the beginning of English Renaissance theatre. Over the next several years, many theatres opened in London, including the Curtain Theatre in 1577 and the famous Globe Theatre in 1599. Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were the most famous playwrights of the era.