Elizabethan Age Nationalism Essay

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“Her mind has no humanly weakness, her perseverance is equal to that of a man,” (Ashby 15) described the tutor, Roger Aschum, of the young Elizabeth long before she became one of the most famous queens in history. Elizabeth’s grace and poise were honored from the start, but it was her intellect and vigor that ultimately won her the last word. She was their King, this virgin Queen that defined her life with the love of no man but a country of loyal subjects. England prospered in culture and religion as well as establishing itself as a world power, all during Elizabethan times. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, nationalism soared due to the queen’s deep devotion to England which she portrayed through these four titles, or “faces” she …show more content…
“This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes” were the words she uttered when she learned of her ascension to the crown (Adams 29). It was these events that gave her insight later in life as a Queen ruling many people of the Catholic religion. She learned to be accepting, making her well-liked and trusted. Elizabeth believed deeply in Protestantism, but she also believed in tolerance, that Catholics and Protestants were both part of the same faith. (Elizabeth R, 2010). She exclaimed later in her reign, “There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith….all else is a dispute over trifles.” Elizabeth, as the Virgin Queen, was completely devoted to her country and declared herself married to England, many times throughout her reign; “On her fourth finger, a ring, as a symbol of the mystical marriage between Elizabeth and her kingdom.”(Axelrod 52). Although Elizabeth remained unmarried for all 44 years of her reign, this did not mean that she had never fallen in love. She developed a deep affair with Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, who had been a childhood friend. Because she felt that marrying Dudley would not be in the best interest of her country, she refused to do so (Bush 42). Her chief advisor, William Cecil, as well as the Parliament pressured her to marry in order to produce an heir, and because a marriage to a foreign
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