Essay on Elizabeth Of The Church Of England

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connections in her people and styled these images to fit her needs. Various depictions of Elizabeth as a celestial being arose conjuring images such as the “virtuous Queen, chaste goddess, mighty imperial monarch, and the all-powerful being at one with the cosmos” (p. 18). Hibbert (1992) remarks that although her image was deific, there remained a human quality, a link forever with her beloved people. Greene (2000) asserts that Elizabeth managed to make herself an object of divine worship, while simultaneously protecting her power and maintaining her independence as a woman and ruler.

Sacred monarch

Two of Elizabeth’s first laws after her coronation involved the church. “Like father like daughter,” Elizabeth proposed the Act of Supremacy, which would have made herself “supreme head” of the Church of England. Compromising with Parliament, she eventually settled for the title “supreme governor.” In the Act of Supremacy, Elizabeth also abolished Mary’s heresy laws for Protestants. In her Act of Uniformity, Elizabeth set out to alter the new Church of England. She prohibited many of the Catholic practices and outlawed Catholic Mass. Failure to attend Church of England services would result in a fine; however, Elizabeth was wise enough not to seem as if she were forcing religion on people. She retained some Catholic traditions, just enough to make the Catholic population happier about attending their new Church of England services (Doran, 2003). A keen student of…

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