Elizabeth I: The Queen of England

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Elizabeth I, Queen of England, had contributed greatly to her nation during her reign. At this time ideas of gender had affected her rule. There were mixed emotions on her rule based on gender. She had been negatively viewed by the religious people because she was a woman and was thought to be an unfit head of the church. Although some people viewed negatively some who were acquainted with Elizabeth had thought otherwise, that she would be an excellent monarch. Elizabeth I had defended herself by answering to challenges proposed with a great confidence.

One main challenge to Elizabeth’s reign was that she was a woman and unfit to be head of the church. In First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, John Knox seems to not want Elizabeth’s family itself to be restored into the line of the throne, as well as him not wanting a woman to have the throne. John states, “To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any Realm, Nation, or City, is against all Nature”. John Knox doesn’t want any woman to have such a great authority; he believes it is against nature. Nicholas Heath, archbishop of York, had agreed with John Knox. He does not a woman to have more authority than him, especially religious authority because in England the head of the state is also the main authority of the church. Heath says, “A woman in the degrees of Christ’s church is not called to be an apostle, nor evangelist, nor to be a shepherd, neither a doctor or a preacher. Therefore her highness (Elizabeth I) cannot be supreme head of Christ’s militant church, nor yet any part thereof”, along with not wanting a woman as head of the church, Heath’s tone suggests that he as well doesn’t want a woman such as Elizabeth to be head of the state. Edward Rishton, a Roman Catholic Priest, did not approve of Elizabeth being head of the state or the church. Rishton had a great dislike towards Elizabeth because of protestant views of her. Rishton thought that...
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