An introduction to the history of queen elizabeth the first the virgin queen

Many scholars think it unlikely that Elizabeth ever seriously intended to marry any of these aspirants to her hand, for the dangers always outweighed the possible benefits, but she skillfully played one off against another and kept the marriage negotiations going for months, even years, at one moment seeming on the brink of acceptance, at the next veering away toward vows of perpetual virginity.

To her frustration, [] he made little progress and returned to England in defiance of her orders. Her policy there was to grant land to her courtiers and prevent the rebels from giving Spain a base from which to attack England. Both threats were linked at least indirectly to Mary, Queen of Scots, who had been driven from her own kingdom in and had taken refuge in England.

Feodor declared his kingdom open to all foreigners, and dismissed the English ambassador Sir Jerome Boweswhose pomposity had been tolerated by Ivan.

What will my enemies not say, that for the safety of her life a maiden queen could be content to spill the blood even of her own kinswoman?

Queen Elizabeth I (the ‘Virgin Queen’)

It had not been established by her father, who remained Roman Catholic despite being ex-communicated by the Pope. Elizabeth was declared illegitimate and deprived of her place in the royal succession. Elizabeth I, addressing English soldiers at Tilbury, July French, FlemishItalian and Spanish.

She reduced the size of the Privy Councilin part to purge some of its Catholic members and in part to make it more efficient as an advisory body; she began a restructuring of the enormous royal household; she carefully balanced the need for substantial administrative and judicial continuity with the desire for change; and she assembled a core of experienced and trustworthy advisers, including William CecilNicholas Bacon, Francis Walsingham, and Nicholas Throckmorton.

Mary was tried and sentenced to death. Elizabeth IElizabeth I, oil on panel by unknown artist, c. Henry had defied the pope and broken England from the authority of the Roman Catholic Church in order to dissolve his marriage with his first wife, Catherine of Aragonwho had borne him a daughter, Mary.

This made it impossible for Elizabeth to continue her policy of religious toleration. The new Act of Supremacy became law on 8 May Elizabeth is adamant she will retain her crown and that England will remain free from the influence of Rome. Apparently, the king was undeterred by the logical inconsistency of simultaneously invalidating the marriage and accusing his wife of adultery.

However, William Cecil, Nicholas Throckmortonand some conservative peers made their disapproval unmistakably clear. She possessed a vast repertory of fantastically elaborate dresses and rich jewels. In Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth and absolved her subjects from any oath of allegiance that they might have taken to her.

It was her first venture into France since the retreat from Le Havre in Elizabeth sent a new ambassador, Dr. Jane was proclaimed queen by the Privy Council, but her support quickly crumbled, and she was deposed after nine days. He was tried for treason and executed on February 25, When it became clear that Mary was not pregnant, no one believed any longer that she could have a child.

Elizabeth I: Troubled child to beloved Queen

It was painted for her father in c. She addresses the troops encamped at Tilbury saying she will fight by their side. It was only when Mary I thought she was pregnant that Elizabeth was allowed to return to her Hatfield residence.

Elizabeth had a rare gift for combining calculated displays of intransigence with equally calculated displays of graciousness and, on rare occasions, a prudent willingness to concede. At the same time, a new Act of Uniformity was passed, which made attendance at church and the use of an adapted version of the Book of Common Prayer compulsory, though the penalties for recusancyor failure to attend and conform, were not extreme.

Whenever possible, she transformed the language of politics into the language of love, likening herself to the spouse or the mother of her kingdom. In the spring ofit became evident that Elizabeth was in love with her childhood friend Robert Dudley.

Elizabeth I of England

We could never have imagined had we not seen it fall out in experience that a man raised up by ourself and extraordinarily favoured by us, above any other subject of this land, would have in so contemptible a sort broken our commandment in a cause that so greatly touches us in honour They urged the queen to marry or nominate an heir, to prevent a civil war upon her death.

When Mary was driven out of Scotland, she was received by Elizabeth but seen as a threat and so kept under lock and key at Fotheringhay.

Whereof fail you not, as you will answer the contrary at your utmost peril. Many Protestants and Roman Catholics alike assumed that her self-presentation was deceptive, but Elizabeth managed to keep her inward convictions to herself, and in religion as in much else they have remained something of a mystery.

Nevertheless, Elizabeth was forced to accept the title of Supreme Governor of the Church of England rather than the more contentious title of Supreme Headwhich many thought unacceptable for a woman to bear. The poet and colonist Edmund Spenser wrote that the victims "were brought to such wretchedness as that any stony heart would have rued the same".

He withdrew in disarray in Decemberhaving lost half his troops.Elizabeth had an older sister, Mary, daughter of the first Queen.

Elizabeth I

The half-sisters spent most of their lives hiding from a possible executioner, cringing together in some form of imprisonment, and in whatever small time was left, distrusting each other to the point of mania.

Books shelved as elizabeth-i: The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir, The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir, The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory, Elizabet. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February with her Sapphire Jubilee. Queen. Elizabeth I, bynames the Virgin Queen and Good Queen Bess, (born September 7,Greenwich, near London, England—died March 24,Richmond, Surrey), queen of England (–) during a period, often called the Elizabethan Age, when England asserted itself vigorously as a major European power in politics, commerce, and the arts.

Elizabeth I (7 September – 24 March ) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November until her death on 24 March Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the last monarch of the House of killarney10mile.comsor: James I.

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The years of Elizabeth's childhood were troubled - fraught with danger and beset with the political and religious plots of those around her. At the age of two her mother.

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