Queen Elizabeth 1 Dbq Analysis

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Rulers throughout history have proven that the way the rule is based on the way they are perceived by not only their subjects but other powers including religious authority. This was especially true for women rulers who were viewed as lesser than men, and in some countries were not even allowed the chance to rule. Queen of Elizabeth of England was one of the longest rulers of her time, however that did not stop people from questioning her ability to rule. Religious leaders believed her rule was unholy, some only believed her power was justified because of the fact that she had parliament under her and others saw her power as unearthly. This made Elizabeth a strong willed ruler who often times had to justify her actions. During 16th century European people did not believe …show more content…
A friend of Elizabeth once said “ In England it is not so dangerous to have a woman ruler.” (Doc 2). Parliament, made up of men, may have made people feel secure as the ideas of women were not ones of equality, as said by a bishop of The Church of England “ [women should] cease from commanding, and perform subjection” (Doc 3). Elizabeth did not let these writings deprive her of using her power in the way she wanted and she ensured any laws passed would be “under her consent and authority” (Doc 4). This is not to say however their ideas did not affect how Elizabeth ruled. Elizabeth actually authorized the document saying how women were subdominant to men, however as mentioned earlier, a big reason for Elizabeth’s claim to power was the support of protestants, like The Church of England. Not only this during her response to succession she ensured that “[she] will take counsel with men who understand justice and the laws.” Elizabeth wanted to ensure her alliance with the protestants stayed in tact so she did allow in a way for the perception of her gender control her

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