Queen Elizabeth I held the throne of England from the time of her sister Mary’s death in 1558 until her own death in 1603. As the second female ruler of England, she faced a patriarchal society ingrained with the notion that a woman’s (specifically a Queen’s) job was to serve her husband and produce heirs. As Queen, Elizabeth deserved the same respect afforded to her male predecessors, but social constrictions of the period forced her to face unjust oppression that would have been grounds for treason if faced by her father (or any other male monarch). Elizabeth faced a number of challenges as a female ruler, such as regularly being ignored by trusted advisors such as William Cecil (Lord Burghley), Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester), Francis Walsingham, and Robert Devereux (Earl of Essex) of whom each was intent on his own agenda, and who believed they could bend Elizabeth to their wills. As a result of these challenges, Elizabeth had to fight for respect from enemies and friends alike.
Eventually, she reconciled with Elizabeth and she became the next heir to England after Mary’s death. Mary suffered many terrible misfortunes over her lifetime from her parent’s divorce to her belief she was pregnant twice. One of the
In the stories of “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Elizabeth I”, it is known that Mary and Elizabeth I are two different people, but also the similar in some ways. Both Elizabeth and Mary lived within the same time period and were even related, although their lives ended up completely different. Elizabeth was a well-respected queen with an interesting personal life. Mary on the other hand was convicted of aiding a homicide and had many problems in her personal life. Therefore, Elizabeth and Mary both had some similarities and differences between their early lives and their personal lives.
When Mary died in 1558, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. One of the most important concerns during Elizabeth’s early
Queen Elizabeth’s reign lasted from 1558-1603 during the Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation, and the Renaissance (when it was brought to England). She achieved major successes and established a stabilized nation during her reign. When she assumes the throne, after the death of her half sister, Queen Mary I, she
Thesis: Although the English Council ruled Mary guilty of treason leading to her execution, the council’s actions were unjustified due to Mary’s privileges as monarch, the questionable authenticity of the documents incriminating her, and Elizabeth never complying with the decision.
During the Tudor Dynasty it is easily thought that the years between 1547 and 1558 were ones of crisis. With the succession of a child and the first woman within England, people have assumed that the years between Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were an unproductive interlude. The mid Tudor period is seen as negative years within the Tudor Dynasty. It is regarded that Henry VIII and Elizabeth I’s reputations were a factor in why historians such as A.F Pollard and S T Bindoff supported the ‘Mid Tudor Crisis’ . The ‘two little Tudors’, referring to Edward and Mary, seemed colourless in comparison to their surrounding
During Elizabeth I’s reign, she was forced to face many stereotypes in England. In document 1, Knox expressed that women had no place to hold a high position of any form. This belief was prominent throughout the entirety of the 16th century. Many people doubted Elizabeth, justifying these criticisms through their
Historians have dedicated more biographies to Elizabeth I than any other of the Tudor monarchs. Elizabeth was the only daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Books relating to aspects of Queen Elizabeth I 's life currently run into the hundreds. The time that a certain biography was written is an important factor to bear in mind when reading about this historical figure. Despite that historical facts are unchanging, the historian 's perspectives and interpretations, as well as their styles of reconstructing history often, change with time. This paper analyzes the interpretation of the events that surrounded the confinement of Elizabeth I in the Tower of London by her predecessor Mary I over religious differences.
On Friday, May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, former Queen of England, was executed for high treason and adultery, her head severed from her body by an expert swordsman, the only concession given her by her ex-husband King Henry VIII. How, in so short a time, had the woman that Henry had defied the religious tradition of England for, divorcing his wife and changing the history of religion in his country, whom he pursued relentlessly for years, fallen so far, so quickly? To understand one must examine Henry’s desperate need for a male heir, understand the politics of the time, and the personality of Anne Boleyn herself. Anne’s involvement with religion, politics, foreign affairs and fashion are still being seen centuries after her death. Filled
In the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England endeavored to establish a permanent settlement in the New World. Elizabeth granted English aristocrat Sir Walter Ralegh the rights to introduce a settlement to spread the influence of the Queen and the Christian faith. In 1585, the first English settlers populated the new colony of Roanoke. By establishing Roanoke, the English hoped to launch trade with the Native Americans and mount piracy attacks on the ships of the enemy Spanish fleet. Queen Elizabeth sponsored “privateering” by motivating English sailors to raid and pillage Spanish ships, and having an English colony near the Spanish colonies would increase the effectiveness of privateering. Elizabeth hoped that once the English controlled the entire Eastern Seaboard of the new continent, the Spanish would hardly be a threat. However, the English were hasty in establishing their first settlement and this ultimately lead to the downfall of the colony. Roanoke failed to last for more than a few years and by 1590, the entire colony had disappeared. If the English focused on establishing a safe and durable settlement instead of developing a base for trade, privateering, and further expansion, the first colony of Roanoke could have been successful.
Queen Elizabeth I reigned Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 until her death in 1603. From an early age, it was highly unlikely for Elizabeth to be queen. Her mother, Anne Boleyn was looked at as a disgrace. In the novel, “Elizabeth’s women”, the author states, “Mistress Boleyn had usurped the place of the rightful queen, Mary’s
Elizabeth Tudor, perhaps England’s most famous monarch, grew up in complex situations, since she lost both her parents at a young age and was imprisoned and treated as a traitor while a princess. Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, otherwise known as the Golden Ages to some, was a time of stability and peace for England, as she solved religious and political complications and ended a war. During the Elizabethan era, there was a growth in art, plays, fashion, and music due to Queen Elizabeth’s support. Without Queen Elizabeth’s reign, the Elizabethan era would not have existed, causing art to not have had a chance to grow, women of the English Renaissance to be less respected, and England to have faced political and religious challenges. Due to Elizabeth’s difficult early life, Queen Elizabeth I grew up to be a clever and independent queen who caused stability and peace in England, caused English Renaissance art to advance, and showed women could be respected for great accomplishments
Bloody Mary In 1516 a young princess was born at the Palace of Placentia who would later be an evil, cruel queen. Mary Tudor also known as Mary I was one of the first queens of England.”Ruled England as Queen from 1553 & earned the epithet Bloody Mary for the executions of protestants that occurred during her reign.”(Erickson pg.185.) Mary inherited power from King Henry VIII in 1553 and ruled until her death at St. James Palace in London on November 17, 1558. Mary had stricken fear into the lives of all under her repressive rule as Queen of England. During her supremacy Mary had opted to reestablish Catholicism, and in doing so, she executed any who opposed her and protested against her, in my final point that she was an evil queen and repressive tyrant.
Born of a king whose most disappointing day was that of her birth, Elizabeth Tudor’s life seemed almost made for trials and controversy, both personally and politically. Although she had, at times, a horrible temper and a disagreeable personality, and suffered through many physical and psychological problems as an adult, Elizabeth proved to be one of the most remarkable monarchs in English history. Firstly, I will discuss Elizabeth’s family (including her many stepmothers), and then I will talk about her relationship with her siblings under their power. Thirdly, I will examine religion and how it affected her opinions and politics during her reign. Lastly, I will look at foreign politics of the time and some of Elizabeth’s decisions