The Role Of Queen Elizabeth I And Queen Elizabeth I

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Great Monarchs Side by Side The British empire has seen a grand total of 66 monarchs, all varying in historical importance. Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria are two great monarchs still remembered today. Both women were influential figures who coined their own eras. Queen Elizabeth I influenced the Golden Age, bringing learned arts and education into popularity. The Victorian era became known as an age of great wealth and expansion for the British Empire which is attributed to Queen Victoria’s reign. What made these seemingly ordinary women become some of the greatest monarchs in British history? These famous women went through different yet similar experiences which include: their childhood hardships, family life, and monarch…show more content…
The Golden age, for which she is credited with influencing, encouraged arts and education. Many playwrights such as Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe gained popularity during this time (Biography editors). New schools began to open, creating a larger opportunity for literacy. Because of her childhood education, she encouraged education and arts which influenced the future of Britain. Similarly, Queen Victoria also had a hard childhood that would influence her reign as Britain’s monarch. With her father passing away when she was eight months old, Victoria was left with only one parental figure—her mother, Princess Marie Luise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg. From the beginning Victoria’s mother dictated her life. Marie hoped to become regent if Victoria’s Uncle’s both died before her 18th birthday. To achieve this, Marie devised the Kensington system, in which every aspect of Victoria’s life would be monitored in order to make Victoria dependent upon her mother ("Queen Victoria"). Although this had the opposite effect, creating a fierce independent spirit in Victoria. Upon her early ascension to the throne, at only 18, Victoria distanced herself from her mother. At times, Victoria refused to see her mother ("Queen Victoria"). Victoria’s strong will played an important part in her rule. She was able to make decisions for herself, not limiting herself to her mother’s opinions, creating a strong ruling monarch Although these
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