Elizabethan Era Vs The 21st Century A Humorous Point of View
Elizabethan Era The age of unknown scents
Imagine life without electricity, plumbing, vehicles. computers, ipods , Wii, Xb360, and cell phones , HD Tv's did not exist and the closest movie theater was, you go it!The stage. It was the height of the "English Renaissance" and English poetry and literature was the rage. It was an age of expansion and exploration abroad and for a period the battle between the Catholics and Protestants was settled for a time by the Elizabethan Religious Settlement.
Most foods were spiced with cinnamon, ginger. cloves, garlic and god only knows what galingale is, but they were compelled to add it to there dishes. People from that era didn't understand germs or what it was like to take a bath or shower everyday. They believed that in order to prevent disease you had to keep bad smells away, so in turn the ladies would carry flowers or bouquets not realizing that the smells were normally body odor and the process of elimination was soap and water.
Queen Elizabeth I never married and was known as the virgin queen, really? Women would strive to have curly red hair and utilized different recipes to achieve it. Hard to believe but one of the key elements in the hair color was urine! Imagine the scent of the hair, when cuddling with your partner. What a rancid smell so many wore wigs since they were easier to maintain and descendants in that period did not bathe nor wash there hair often.
Finally going to the dentist could literally cost you your life and if you came out alive your teeth may not have lasted to long. Teeth were ruined in order to keep them clean. Dentists during the Elizabethan era created a mixture of powder, pumice , stone brick and coral to rub the teeth clean. Not only did the concoction clean the teeth, but it removed them too. I wonder if baking soda existed then? Parsley? Mint leaves? Living in the Elizabethan era would not have been my cup of tea, but for some of you rugged hubbers you would have survived!!
21st Century the age of Technology and Cleanliness
Fast forward 400 years and you will find that we are pampered or some may say spoiled. We have vehicles that guide you when you travel and back themselves into tight spots, central heat and air for those freezing cold days and extreme heat moments. Plumbing inside and baths and showers that can do intrical things. Televisions in all sizes and computers with the internet that will allow you research just about anything. Going to the dentist is a breeze and guaranteed you will not lose your teeth when you leave. Hairstylists who can cut your hair just the way you want and hair dye without urine. An array of spices to chose from and we receive flowers because someone cares, not because the smell of the air is foul and nobody has bathed in days. Doctors who know how to cure many diseases and multiple religions to choose from. I can only imagine what another 400 years will bring, but I can guarantee that people in the future will be discussing our lifestyles too. Wouldn't many of us love to be there, when they talk about us?