The Achievements of Elizabeth 1

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When Elizabeth 1 first inherited England from her catholic half-sister it was in a depressive state. After the 44 year reign of Elizabeth it was a prosperous and powerful country; attributing to the reason the Elizabethan era has taken on the name “The Golden Age”. Elizabeth’s reign lasted until the year of her death in 1603 . In that time she had many achievements majorly in areas of religion, survival, exploration, expansion and thwarting rebellion and invasion. She was seen as an intelligent and powerful female leader and her major achievements can, to some extent, be attributed to her prowess as a ruler along with her personality and connection to the people. “I do not so much rejoice that God hath made me to be a Queen, as to be a Queen over so thankful a people.” — Elizabeth I Elizabeth was a powerful woman in a man’s world however her achievements started long before her reign. Surviving long enough to become a Monarch was an achievement in itself. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed on charge of treason, adultery and incest meaning Elizabeth was branded a bastard by her father King Henry VIII and was stripped of her title as princess when she was young . She had a jealous half sister named Mary who reigned for five years (1553-1558). During that time Mary had Elizabeth locked up and interrogated in the tower of London from March until May 1554. She was accused of taking part in the protestant rebellion; her survival accredited to some extent her competence as a ruler. During Elizabeth’s reign there were many Catholic plots and conspiracies. An example of this was The Babbington plot in 1586 the involvement in which Elizabeth charged Mary Queen of Scots to be executed angering King Phillip II of Spain. Elizabeth was educated and studious, a gifted scholar. She spoke fluently many languages including French, Latin, Greek, Spanish and Welsh. This helped her aptitude as a ruler to some extent because she could communicate easily with many different...
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