Elizabeth Tudor: Behind The Golden Age Of England
Henry VIII had changed the religion of England in order to stay married to his first wife, and to have children with Anne Boleyn, in hopes that she would produce a male heir. However, Elizabeth was born, and she was a great disappointment. But she was nonetheless treated better than her half-sister Mary, and received a very impressive education, as “it had become popular amongst the nobility to educate daughters as well as sons” (Thomas, Part One). Henry VIII later executed Anne Boleyn on false charges of incest and adultery, and proceeded to marry a few more women until he had his heir, Edward. Although Mary and Elizabeth were officially illegitimate, their father eventually restored their place in the line of succession, behind …show more content…
It was often considered “a time of extravagance and luxury in which a flourishing popular culture was expressed” (Briscoe, “Elizabeth I: An Overview”). The Queen was an attendee of the first showing of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. During this time, women also gained a voice in literature.
Her REFUSAL TO MARRY Elizabeth never married, though she was often considered to be married to her country. Marriage for the Queen would be complicated. She only ever came close to marrying Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He once threw a grand party in order to impress Elizabeth, complete with several days of celebrations. Robert Dudley was unpopular amongst the people, however, and Elizabeth never married him due to more political considerations. She often used marriage, or lack thereof, as a political tool.
conclusion Queen Elizabeth is often considered one of the most popular and successful monarchs of England. Under her rule, the English Navy defeated the Spanish Armada in an attack by Phillip II. She governed in the same strict manner as her father, and proved a woman could do what