Perhaps Elizabeth’s greatest success in her forty year rule as queen was her ability to unite the religious beliefs of England. Though England had historically displayed ties with Catholicism, Henry VIII attempted to turn away from the Catholic church and f...
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...ade as to policy thus establishing the flexibility for compromise. Under Elizabeth’s rule the nation also found success through exploration. The voyages of both Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh found the English navigating new waters and lands. These profitable foreign ventures encouraged Elizabeth to establish a more long term overseas investment, the East India Company. Though Elizabeth had significant success as a monarch, she failed to establish consistent security for the nation from both foreign and domestic threats. The Catholic nations of France and Spain presented consistent threats to English integrity. Additionally, Elizabeth faced danger from Scotland as well as personal assassination attempts on her life throughout her lengthy reign. Though Elizabeth had some failures, ultimately her policies fostered one of the most successful reigns in English history.
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