The Elizabethan Era: What Made It a Golden Age

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The Elizabethan era was known as a period of peace and prosperity, which was ruled by the unmarried, chaste queen, Elizabeth. Elizabeth took the throne at age 25, and is known in history as one of the greatest rulers of England. She was the ruler of the golden age, and her victory over Spain was one of the greatest battles that England had fought. These victories wouldn’t have been possible without help from certain events. These events and various battles have created the steeping stones for this historical era.

In the movie, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Elizabeth was a powerful woman who refused to get married. England was in dissent since there was a religious war going on between the Protestants and the Catholics. Elizabeth, being a protestant herself, sided with the Protestants. This however caused confusion amongst the English people, as they did not know which side to support. Even though there was a great disparity between the rich and poor, a majority of the poor people support their beloved queen. The nobles used religion during this period to gain more power and prestige.

Religion in this case was important to the people of England; it was also an important factor to other countries. Spain believed that Queen Elizabeth was possessed by the devil, and that the only way to fix this was to declare war on England. During the war the English had a huge disadvantage since there were much more Spanish men than Englishmen. Approximately 15,000 Spanish men and 3,000 Englishmen were involved in the war. The people believe that God controlled the weather, and that God was on the side of those who were victorious. Suddenly a hurricane came and wiped out the infamous Spanish Armada, thus allowing the English to prevail in the war. In this case it’s Elizabeth since she had won a battle that nowadays would be proclaimed as impossible. Cause of this victory, the Protestants religion prospered.
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