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Instructor: Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth has been involved with tutoring since high school and has a B.A. in Classics.

Learn about the Jacobean era, the time when James I was king of England. During this time, there was a Gunpowder Plot to overthrow the government, American colonies were founded, Shakespeare wrote his plays, and the King James Bible was published.

The Jacobean Era

The Jacobean era was the time when James I was King of England, between 1603 and 1625. We call it the 'Jacobean' era and not the 'Jamesian' era because Jacobus is the Latin version of the name 'James.'

Jacobean art and culture was heavily influenced by the art and culture of the Elizabethan era, the time right before the Jacobean era. It was also influenced by ancient Greece and Rome.

Politics and War

During the Jacobean era, England and Scotland officially got together and became one country: the United Kingdom. But it wasn't all happy times.

During an event we now call the Gunpowder Plot, a group of religious extremists tried to blow up the English Parliament building and kill King James on November 5, 1605. Luckily for James, it didn't work out.

During this time, the first British colonists also started coming to the United States. Jamestown, Virginia, was founded in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts, was founded in 1620.

On the continent of Europe, the Thirty Years' War started during the Jacobean era, but King James kept England out of it.

Arts and Architecture

The Jacobean era is known for its art and architecture. Jacobean architecture used a lot of designs from ancient Greece and Rome, but also used designs from earlier English architecture and from France. One famous architect during this time was Inigo Jones, who was in charge of royal buildings starting in 1615.

Jacobean architecture used a lot of depth and 3D effects. For example, if an architect wanted to carve a design into a building, he would make it really deep instead of shallow. Another example can be found in the legs of tables and chairs, which were made in all different shapes instead of straight up-and-down.

Architects and artists during the Jacobean Era used a lot of bright colors and foreign materials from around the world.

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