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Historical NotesCandles were lit after dark and could be made of beeswax or tallow. Beeswax candles burned brightly and cleanly, so they were expensive. The poor would use tallow candles that came from cooking animal fat. Neither candle was as nice as the ones we have today.
The wicks in today’s candles curl as they burn. The candles Elizabethans used always had to be trimmed because the wick stayed long, but servants had to be careful when they trimmed the candles. If they cut the wick too close, the candle would melt faster and waste fuel or even put the candle out.