After King Henry 8th's death, there was a dispute over who should rule over England, Queen Elizabeth or Mary Queen of Scots. Who were both his daughters by different spouses. Queen Elizabeth was a Protestant Christian and Mary Queen of Scots was a Catholic. As stated by Martin Kovar in his article The Shaping of the Elizabethan Monarchy, "Mary began to implement the policy of re-Catholicizing." (M. Kovar 1) The religious belief of a sovereign played a key role in the Foreign Policies between England and its neighboring countries. At the end of the 1550s two different factors came into play, the French Factor and the Scottish Factor. France and England were at the time disputing over land called the Cateau-Cambresis Calais and were therefore sworn enemies. The French King Henry the Second had threatened Queen Elizabeth's throne by placing the support of the French sovereign it the hands of Mary Queen of Scots who was the Dauphin's wife (a term for the King's eldest son's wife). On top of this support from the French, Mary Queen of Scots was also supported by the Pope. "Elizabeth's excommunication was only a matter of time." (Kovar 31) Excommunication is the official exclusion of s...
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...ey were able to shape the Elizabethan Era, which was a truly successful one with less wars, culturally rich, and always had the unwavering support and trust from her citizen and followers.
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