What are the Elizabethan views on revenge and betrayal? Are they different from what they thought in the Tudor society?

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When Tudor society ends is disputed among historians.  Some claim the Elizabethan era should not be included in the Tudor period while others think that is should be.  As a result the Tudor period either lasted from 1485 to 1558, or from 1485 to 1603, 1558 to 1603 of course is the period in which Elizabeth I ruled, also known as the Elizabethan era.  If the Tudor period includes the Elizabethan period I would say the views on revenge and betrayal are exactly the same.  Since I’m sure that’s not where you want to go I’ll differentiate between the two periods and try to give an appropriate answer.

The Tudor period was named for five successive monarchs.  Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are the main monarchs, whom are given credit for bringing England from the Middle Ages to a Renaissance state.  The term Tudor reflects the marriage of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois, whose grandson was Henry VII.  Historians give Elizabeth I here own era because Elizabeth I made the most progress for the country, and she managed to avert a potential religious civil war. Elizabeth I is given the most credit for ushering England into a Renaissance period.

As far as how the people who lived in each time felt about revenge and betrayal, I’m sure neither group was particularly fond of either revenge or betrayal.   Elizabethan society had much art to consider, much of it on stage.  If any have seen or read Shakespeare, they would know that there was a great deal of revenge and betrayal during these productions.   As a result revenge and betrayal would be looked at in a more romantic way that they would have been during the rest of the Tudor period.  By romantic I mean that Elizabethans would not look at revenge and betrayal in as serious a manner as those in the rest of the Tudor period.  Instead Elizabethans may be more willing to forgive, or at least understand and be sympathetic to those seeking revenge, or those who were betrayers.  That does not mean those who were the victims didn’t extract their own revenge in much the same way they would have under previous rulers.

We would also like to believe that a Renaissance would expand our respect and admiration for life, although it would be a slow process.  With more culture and less violence we would hope that the desire or need for acts of revenge and betrayal would be diminished considerably. I doubt the change was significant in this respect as here we are four hundred years later and revenge and betrayal is still commonplace in our society.

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