CHIVALRY & RENAISSANCE
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The reign of Queen Elizabeth
I is often referred to as The Golden Age of English history.
Elizabeth was an immensely popular Queen, and her popularity
has waned little with the passing of four hundred years. She
is still one of the best loved monarchs, and one of the most
admired rulers of all time. She became a legend in her own
lifetime, famed for her remarkable abilities and achievements.
Yet, about Elizabeth the woman, we know very little. She is
an enigma, and was an enigma to her own people.
Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second
wife, Anne Boleyn. She was born on 7 September 1533 at Greenwich
Palace. Her birth was possibly the greatest disappointment
of her father's life. He had wanted a son and heir to succeed
him as he already had a daughter, Mary, by his first wife,
Katherine of Aragon.
Elizabeth succeeded to the throne on 17th November 1558. It
was a moment of supreme triumph for the unwanted daughter who
had spent her life in the shadow of the court, cast aside and
forgotten. Elizabeth was crowned Queen on Sunday 15th January
1559. In the months that followed, Elizabeth re-established
the Protestant Church in England and restored the debased coinage.
Perhaps to appease Catholics or to appease those who did not
believe a woman could become head of the church, Elizabeth
became Supreme Governor of the Church of England, rather than
Supreme Head as her father had been.
In a genius of political wheeling and dealing, she managed
to use her single state to benefit the country by using the
bait of marriage to draw in enemies, or to frighten them by
suggesting she would marry one of their foes.
Elizabeth was dedicated to her country in a way few monarchs
had been or have been since. Elizabeth had the mind of a political
genius and nurtured her country through careful leadership
and by choosing capable men to assist her, such as Sir William
Cecil and Sir Francis Walsingham. Elizabeth was a determined
woman, but she was not obstinate. She listened to the advice
of those around her, and would change a policy if it was unpopular.
In appearance she was extravagant, in behaviour sometimes flippant
and frivolous, but her approach to politics was serious, conservative,
and cautious. When she ascended the throne in 1558, England
was an impoverished country torn apart by religious squabbles.
When she died at Richmond Palace on the 24th March 1603, England
was one of the most powerful and prosperous countries in the
By Heather Thomas, www.elizabethi.org
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