Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The Elizabethan period was undoubtedly one of the richest in the history of England. After a period of turmoil, Elizabeth's reign gave England a time of internal peace. Making the best of the opportunity, the English burst out in all directions: exploration,. drama, trade, poetry. The importance of women grew in this period along with everything else, with a natural development of freedom. Duke Frederick of Wuttemberg, visiting England in 1602, remarked that "the women have more liberty than perhaps in any other place." Twentieth century minds would disagree that the women had freedom, but in comparison to other countries and to the past, Elizabethan women were much better off.
Goodwyn, Barbara, "Two women from the past" (1961). Honors Theses. 482.