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2 ELIZABETH I “the Virgin Queen”

3 ELIZABETH I reign of Queen Elizabeth I is often referred to as "The Golden Age" of English history. Elizabeth was an immensely popular Queen, and her popularity has waned little with the passing of four hundred years.


5 Elizabeth I Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She was born on 7 September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. Her birth was possibly the greatest disappointment of her father's life.

6 Elizabeth I Her mother failed to provide the King with a son and was executed on false charges of incest and adultery on 19 May 1536. Anne’s marriage to the King was declared null and void, and in 1536 Elizabeth, like her half-sister, Mary, was declared illegitimate and deprived of her place in the line of succession.

7 Elizabeth was sent away from Court, as she was a reminder to Henry of Anne.
As a child, Elizabeth was given a very impressive education. She was taught by famous scholars and from an early age it was clear that she was remarkably gifted. She had an special flare for languages, and by adulthood, she could speak five languages fluently.

8 QUEEN ELIZABETH I 1546 While Princess 13 yrs. old

9 Elizabeth as a Teenager
Closeup of the portrait





14 Dangerous times for Elizabeth
Edward, the son Henry longed for, was finally born in 1537. Young Edward was never a strong child and eventfully contracted what was then called consumption. It is most likely that he had tuberculosis. He succeeded his father, Henry VIII, on his death in 1547 – he was nine yrs. old.

15 Edward VI

16 Dangerous times for elizabeth
When it looked inevitable that Edward VI would die without an heir, the struggle for the Crown began. And so began an even more dangerous time in the life of the Princess Elizabeth

17 Dangerous times for elizabeth
Because Elizabeth was a daughter of the late King Henry, she was in line to the throne She was therefore a most sought after bride. Edward VI died in 1552 and after an unsuccessful attempt by some to place the Protestant Lady Jane Grey on the throne, Mary I became Queen.



20 On the death of Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey was told that Edward had left the Crown to her instead of his Catholic sister, Mary Jane’s father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, proclaimed Jane Queen as soon as he learned of Edward’s death. Mary proclaimed herself rightful Queen of England since the will of her father, Henry VIII, had indicated that she should succeed her brother, Edward, if he died without children Mary gathered an army of loyal supporters and prepared to fight for her Crown. Many English Protestants were fearful of Mary being Queen because they knew she’d try to return England to the Catholic faith – they supported Lady Jane Grey

21 Nine days after the death of Edward, Mary and her army rode into London
She imprisoned Lady Jane in the Tower of London and took her place as rightful Queen. Most Englishmen, both Catholic and Protestant, supported Mary because they believed her to be the rightful heir to the Throne. Lady Jane is referred to as the “Nine Days Queen” even though she is not counted as being Queen in reality – she does not show up in the lists of English monarchs. Lady Jane Grey was executed for treason on Feb. 12, 1554. Also executed was John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and his son and Jane’s husband, Guilford Dudley

22 Lady Jane Grey

23 Mary Tudor aka “Bloody Mary”
Queen Mary Tudor

24 Dangerous times for elizabeth
Shortly after becoming Queen, Mary was married to King Philip II of Spain, which made the Catholic Queen even more unpopular The persecuted Protestants saw Elizabeth as their savior, since she was seen as an icon of "the new faith” Mary sensed the danger from her younger sister, and imprisoned her (Elizabeth) in the Tower.

25 Dangerous times for Elizabeth
After a while, Elizabeth was no longer seen as a threat, and the aging Queen let Elizabeth return to Hatfield House, under semi- house arrest.

26 News of Mary's death on November 17, 1558 reached Elizabeth at Hatfield House.
Elizabeth had survived and was finally Queen of England.

27 Threats to Elizabeth During this time, England and Elizabeth faced several major trials #1, Elizabeth had to deal with the growing threat of Mary Queen of Scots, who had a strong and legitimate claim to the throne of England.

28 In November 1542, King James V of Scotland, lay dying.
His army had been defeated by the English at Solway Moss and saw little hope for the future. At Falkland, he was told that Mary of Guise, his French-born wife had given birth to a daughter at Linlithgow Palace on December 8. Upon receiving news of Mary's birth, he reportedly said, 'Woe is me. My dynasty came with a lass. It will go with a lass.' Mary's father, James V, believed this lineage had ended with his daughter's birth. He certainly never contemplated that his grandson would one day rule both Scotland and its old enemy, England. James V died within a week of Mary's birth and, before she was even a year old, she was crowned queen of Scots.

29 Mary Queen of Scots Cousin to Elizabeth I


31 Many believed that Mary, Queen of Scots, a Catholic, was the rightful Queen of England.
Since Mary too was a female sovereign Queen, Elizabeth was careful about how she recognized Mary’s power because she didn’t want to be in the same situation. After Mary was forced out of Scotland and fled to England, Elizabeth locked her up in the Tower of London for 20 years. Mary was executed in 1587, on February 8th, at Fotheringhay Castle, convicted of treason.

32 THREAT #2 The greatest military threat to England came in 1588 when the Armada (a great fleet of ships) from Spain sailed to England England defeated the Spanish It began the reign of England as a supreme naval power that lasted until World War I.

Elizabeth had been raised as a Protestant She inherited a country torn between religions and after the rule of her Catholic sister, Mary I Henry had Parliament pass several laws that touched on the subject of religion and the succession. The Act of Supremacy (1534) declared that the King was "the only Supreme Head on Earth of the Church of England“

34 Elizabeth’s sister, Mary, restored the Catholic Church after the death of Henry VIII
After Elizabeth was named Queen, she re-established the Protestant Church in England. She herself believed in toleration of all religions. She was often forced to take a harsher stance on punishment of Catholics because of the schism between the two sects. ‘There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith… all else is a dispute over trifles

35 THREAT #3 But by not persecuting Catholics, she struck a balance that lasted through much of her reign. The Prayer books of Edward VI were fused into one, and were to be used in every church in the land. Church attendance on Sundays and holy days was made compulsory or you paid a fine. These requirements were part of the Act of Uniformity By this law everyone worshipped in the same manner and was subject to the same religious requirements

36 Elizabeth I died in 1603 at the age of 70 after reigning for 46 yrs.
On her deathbed, Elizabeth passed the crown to James VI of Scotland. He ruled as James I of England and James VI of Scotland. He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth’s cousin

37 Accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth I
She survived and succeeded in a world that was male dominated, proving that a woman could rule as well as any man. She succeeded in uniting her people in a world that was divided by religious conflict When she died, the majority of her people were Protestant and content with the church as she established it. The fabric of her church is still in existence today.

She gained the popularity and affection of her people, and managed to retain this even when she was in her declining years. She was careful and cautious in her approach to politics. She never acted hastily or embarked on a course of action unpopular with her people. Elizabeth encouraged the arts and patronized scholars. She encouraged the theater accounting for the achievements of William shakespeare.

39 Elizabeth managed to successfully lead her people in war
Elizabeth encouraged overseas exploration Elizabeth believed in the merits of peace rather than the glories of war therefore, her country prospered while others were torn apart When she died in 1603, England was one of the most affluent and powerful countries in the world.

40 QUOTES "I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart" Here lands as true a subject, being prisoner, as ever landed at these stairs. Before Thee, O God, I speak it, having none other friend but Thee alone. (Said to have been spoken by Elizabeth when she arrived at the Tower of London as a prisoner)

41 Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be
Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be. (Reputedly carved onto a window at the tower of london I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England. (Elizabeth to Parliament) I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king. (Tilbury speech, 1588.

42 I have no desire to make windows into mens souls (a reference to the Catholic/Protestant issue)
I will have here but one mistress and no master. (Elizabeth to Robert Dudley) You are like my little dog; when people see you, they know I am nearby. (Elizabeth to Robert Dudley)


44 The Pelican Portrait 1580

45 The Armada Portrait 1588

46 The Ermine Portrait 1585




50 Tomb of Mary Queen of Scots Westminster Abbey



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