Elizabeth Tudor was queen of England for 45 years, and her reign is referred to as the Elizabethan era or the Golden Age of England. When she first ascended to the throne, Elizabeth inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious strife and threatened by the military power of France and Spain. By her death on March 24, 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect.Continue Reading
Elizabeth ruled during one of the more constructive periods in English history. Literature flourished through the works of Shakespeare. Sir Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh were expanding English influence in the New World. Her reign coincided with the zenith of the English Renaissance.
Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She was crowned Queen of England at the age of 25 on Jan. 15, 1559. She was only the third queen to rule England alone. She never married, ruling alone for her entire reign and becoming known as the "Virgin Queen" despite having many suitors throughout her time on the English throne. Several foreign princes also vied for her hand, and she successfully used their courtships to develop a friendly relationship with their countries without accepting the proposal of any.Learn more about Modern Europe
Queen Elizabeth reigned for 45 years, from 1558 to 1603. She was born in 1533 and was 25 at the time of her ascent to power; she reigned until her death at age 70.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare lived in England during the Elizabethan era and wore clothes in the Elizabethan style. For the rich and famous, the clothing of this era was characterized by bright colors, elaborate trimmings and ostentatious padding.Full Answer >
Henry VIII was the ruler of England for 36 years, and he played a pivotal role in the country's reformation to the Protestant religion. He is also known for having six wives, two that he beheaded for treason and adultery.Full Answer >
The Church of England was established by Queen Elizabeth as part of the Elizabethan religious settlement in 1558. The settlement was intended to create stability for the nation and government, from the tension between Catholicism and Protestantism.Full Answer >