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ENGLAND UNDER ELIZABETH 1558 - 1603

Outline of Key Dates Events in England…

1536
1. The Pilgrimage of Grace
1543
- Scots forced to accept the Treaty of Greenwich
1541
- Henry VIII declared King of Ireland by Act of Parliament 1547
- Henry VIII died: Ascension of Edward VI
- Lord Somerset becomes Lord Protector
1549
- First Act of Uniformity
2. Kett Rebellion
3. The Prayer Book Rebellion
- Somerset overthrown as Lord Protector; Warwick, later Northumberland, takes role 1552
- Second Act of Uniformity
1553
- Edward VI dies;
- Nine day reign of Lady Jane Grey
- Ascension of Mary I
1554
- London four times the next largest city
4. Wyatt Uprising
1558
- Mary I dies with the royal treasury left in a debt of £227,000 - Elizabeth I takes the throne; crowned on the 15th January of the following year; keeps William Paulet First Lord Treasurer 1559

First Parliament 25th January - 8th May 1559
I. Act of Uniformity
- Book of Common Prayer and obligation to attend church II. Act of Supremacy
- Oath imposed on clergy; Elizabeth Supreme Governor
III. Act of Exchange
- Injunctions and Visitations
1560
Treaty of Berwick
Treaty of Edinburgh
1561
Re-coinage Completed under Paulet, Treasurer
1562
Treaty of Hampton Court
- Elizabeth nearly succumbs to small pox
1563
Second Parliament 12th January - 10th April 1563
- Thirty Nine Article Drafted
IV. Statute of Artificers Passed
V. Act for Maintaining Tillage
VI. Act for the Maintenance of the Navy
VII. Poor Law

1564
Treaty of Troyes
1565

1566
- The Vesterian Controversy
1567
Third Parliament 30th September 1566 - 2nd January 1567

1568
- England seizes Philip II’s Genoese bullion
- Trade is suspended with Spain
- Mary, Queen of Scots flees to England
1569
7. Northern Rebellion
1570
- Pope Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I (Papal Bull)
1571
Fourth Parliament 2nd April - 29th May 1571called for
financing of foreign policy against France and Scotland, in
return Elizabeth promised to marry, banning the subject.
Parliament prorogued.
9. Ridolfi Plot
- Thirty Nine Articles approved by Parliament
- Sir William Cecil becomes Lord Burghley
1572
Treaty of Blois
- Lord Burghley replaces Paulet as First Lord Treasurer - Marriage negotiations; Elizabeth I, Duke of Alençon Fifth Parliament 8th May - 30th June 1572
X. Act of Rebellion
XI. Act Against the Poor
1573
Treaty of Nymegen
1574
Treaty of Nymegen formalised through Treaty of Bristol 1576
Sixth Parliament 8th February - 15th March 1576
Peter Wentworth calls for freedom of speech
XII. Poor Law
1577
- Archbishop of Canterbury, Grindal refuses to suppress prophesying and is suspended 1578

1579

1580
- First Jesuits arrive (Campion / Pearson)
1581
Seventh Parliament 16th January - 18th March 1581
- Elizabeth funds the Anjou against the Spanish
1583
- Thirty Nine Articles rectified by Whitgift under advice from the Privy Council before being passed 11. Throckmorton Plot
1584
Turner’s pro-Presbyterian Bill
1585
- Treaty of Nonsuch
- Lord Lieutenant made a permanent role
Eighth Parliament 23rd November 1584 - 29th March 1585 calls for the ‘book and bill’ religious system to be replaced by the Calvinist system. 1586
12. Babington Plot
- Food riots in Hampshire, Ipswich and Gloucestershire caused by shortages and trade recession 1587
Cope’s pro-Presbyterian Bill
Ninth Parliament 29 October 1586 - 23 March 1587
Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
1588
- Defeat of the First Spanish Armada
1589
Tenth Parliament 4th February - 29th March 1589
1590
Riots in London against foreign...
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