Elizabeth 1 Dbq Analysis

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Elizabeth I was the queen of England from 1558-1603 and lived in a time when men were better and superior to women. Also, women were expected to obey their husbands and were expected to not be commanding to their husbands during this time (document 5). Throughout Elizabeth I’s reign, she broke away from this standard of men being superior to women by proving that a woman can be an effective ruler just like a man by facing the idea that a woman should not have power, facing the challenge of being a religious authority, and declaring her political authority. One of Elizabeth’s challenges as a queen was the notion that a woman should not be in power. This may stem from the fact that many people were prejudiced against women during this time. This is evident in the First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, and Knox states that women who have power over a country are against nature (document 1). This shows that Knox thinks that a woman should not be able to rule because it would defy God. Also, in Nicholas Heath’s debate before the House of the Lords, he said that since a woman cannot have a position in the Church, she should not be a supreme ruler of a …show more content…

This, however, is biased because Rishton is a Roman Catholic while Elizabeth, whose father broke away from the Church, is a Protestant (document 7). Also, people can honor Elizabeth more than the Virgin Mary because Elizabeth is the head of the Church of England. Elizabeth’s role as the head of the Church of England was solidified in the Act of Supremacy, which stated that Elizabeth is the supreme ruler of England and its territories and no one else has the right to have any power or jurisdiction in England (document 3). Additionally, William Tooker, Elizabeth’s personal chaplain, said that Elizabeth would often pray and could heal people since she was the head of the Church of England (document

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