The Elizabethan theatre was a popular entertainment, seen by nobles and common people.
Its best plays are the examples of the first tragedies and commedies. In the 1485 the war of the Roses came to an end with the battle of Bosworth, Henry of Richmond defeated Richard III and became king of England, the first tudor monarch.
An other important aspect was the dualistic relationship with Italy, seen as the cradle of arts, but also as a politically corrupt country and the centre of Catholicism.
The Renaissance is an age of great travels and expeditions.
England begins to rival Spain and Portugal in the foundation of colonies and in getting riches from the newly- discovered Americans lands.