Elizabeth Golden Age

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Behind the Golden Age of England Elizabeth Tudor led a scandalous and difficult early life. With a scandalous birth and a removal from the line of succession by her father, Elizabeth had a troubled childhood. However, she would eventually become Queen Elizabeth I of England, even sometimes known as “Good Queen Bess”, “Gloriana”, and “The Virgin Queen” (www.royal.gov.uk). Her 45-year reign was considered one of England’s high points in art, religious compromise, literature, and more. I found that her stringent rule led the country through many hardships, some of which involved other European countries. Not only was she an astute rule, her popularity with the English people was almost instant as well. In this paper, I hope to identify her life …show more content…
Many historians believe that her death was caused by “a large ovarian cyst, and this was also what led to her failing health” (Eakins). Elizabeth was at her childhood home, Hatfield in Hertfordshire, when it was made known to her that she would be Queen. Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth I of England on 15th January 1559, and went to work re-establishing the Protestant Church of England. She was Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a devout

Protestant, preferred conventional ways of worship, and personally did not want the persecution of individuals for their religious beliefs. Elizabeth also laid down the doctrines of the Church of England in the 39 Articles of 1563, the middle grounds between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

The thriving of the arts The arts reached a high point during Elizabeth’s reign. 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
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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 was

considered a man’s job just as well. As a result, women found a voice in literature. Her deep devotion to her country brought about a peaceful and popular rule. Works Cited

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Briscoe, Alexandra. "Elizabeth I: An Overview." BBC News. BBC. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. .

Humphrey, Sarah. "Queen Elizabeth 's Influence on Disguise in Shakespeare 's Plays and Spenser 's The Faerie Queene." Web. 16 Feb. 2016. .

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