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Women's Role Of Women In The 16th Century

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Europeans during the 16th century were facing a time where men were the head of the household as well as heads of government. As a result, when Elizabeth I became the queen of England, it was said that she was a queen in a world of kings. Prejudice against a female ruler began around Europe, most likely because this was the first occurence of this. The negative attitudes of religious and reforming leaders influenced Elizabeth to show her strength as well as gain power and respect for her entire country. All throughout Europe, every country was ruled by a man or group of men. Since this was so common in each country, it became expected that a man would again come to rule England after Elizabeth’s sister Mary. But instead, Elizabeth became queen. Many church leaders spoke out against this change, for example Nicholas Heath, the archbishop of York. He said, “her Highness cannot be supreme head of Christ’s militant church” (Document 2). An archbishop being a high rank in the church system shows that Heath is experienced in the church and probably shares the beliefs of the church. During the 16th century, the Catholic Church was facing a time of reform where many people were looking to question some of the church’s beliefs and traditions. As a result, most everyone in the Catholic Church was doing everything possible to stop any further changes, in this case, prevent a female ruler from taking the throne. The overall idea that women should not hold any high ranking positions,
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