Levels of Social Classes in the Elizabethan Era

The Social Classes in order from the highest class to the lowest are: Monarchy, Nobility, Gentry, Merchants, Yeomen, and Laborers. These classes are determined by their fame, wealth, skills, and even birth.


The Monarch class is given to the ruler of the nation either the king or the queen. This is the highest ranking and to be in this class you usually had to be born in it. This was also known as the "The Golden age" for those who were in a higher rank such as The Monarch class. Queen Elizabeth was known as one of the best Monarchs in England. Queen Elizabeth ruled for 45 years. She was also considered as a "God" at that time.


Nobility is only second to The Monarch. People in this class are whole families, with the head of the family such as the father was a duke, earl or a baron. These were rich people who owed large households. This class was how families looked at others are judged. This stage was where one saw a division between old and new.

Gentry, this class is for knights, gentlemen, gentlewomen, squires of the kingdom. These major key to becoming a Gentry is wealth. Gentry always worked on having a good amount of land and households. Gentry were not born in to being a Gentry they would make a fortune by having large amount of property.


Merchants are in the fourth position from the levels of the social classes. Merchants were the main and real growth in the era. They made a good wealth by making cloth and weaving and trading goods with one another. They made a minim of money. They were neither poor or rich but gained a lot of wealth buy their small business. The Merchants were the real helpers that Produced goods for everyone.

Yeomen made just enough money to have an okay life style. These were mostly framers, tradesmen, and craft workers. Though they made some money it was still hard for them to gain medical help and other kinds of support. They spent their money very wisely. Yeomen lived a simile life and tried to put their money on expanding their land and improving it.

Lastly they were the Laborers. They were considered as servants, peasants gained nothing at all. They had a very hard life with no gain of interest. They did all their woke by hands such as picking up manure and picking little jobs. They did not own their own land/property they would in other worlds "rent" in a very low cost homes which was nothing but a old broken down room. Life for the Laborers was stressful, hard and very difficult to live in. To many they were known as "nothing"