In the late 16th century England experienced poverty, starvation, increase in population, inequality amongst women and men, and lack of opportunity in the work force. During this time England was torn between two religions, Catholicism and Protestantism. England’s economy was primarily agricultural, workers were tied to their land. Due to the social inequality of the 16th century, women were limited to their rights and men were superior. Women worked in the clothing industry and men worked primarily on the farm. Due to the economic hardships in England, men and women migrated to London for a better life. The nation was under the rule of Queen Elizabeth, who surpassed the restrictions placed on women. This paper explores the shortcomings and hardships experienced in Elizabethan England.
“Her name indeed, became synonymous with England and her achievement lay in bringing up a nation that was almost begotten and born under her and this in spite of her being a women.” Young Queen Elizabeth I would set out to rule a nation and become one of the greatest rulers of her time and possibly still today. After coming to the thrown of a bankrupt country and the repercussions of her half sister, Elizabeth showed her kingdom her skills and knowledge that was unwomanly for her time.
Elizabeth led England during it’s greatest time of influence as a nation despite the prejudices against her gender. Many people believe that her life was like a fairy tale-“Beloved by the kingdom; dressed by servants in jewels and gold, silk and velvet; pampered and treasured by kings and married to princes”, but in reality her life did not come close to being a fairy tale. Many of her subjects hater her from the moment she was born. She experienced imprisonment, her sister threatened to kill her, and she was almost forced in marriages with men she hated. Some of her friends caused uprisings in her name. Her enemies tried to assassinate her. Her father had her mother beheaded and ignored her for most of her life. Although she had many suitors, she never loved any of them. She understood the common people and eventually gained the loyalty of those who hated her. She could also be ruthless. The city gates and London Bridge held the bodies of the people that she executed during her reign.
Waller, Maureen. Sovereign Ladies: Sex, Sacrifice, and Power: The Six Reigning Queens of England. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008. Print.
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Queen Elizabeth I was the most remarkable leader in English history. She was born on September 7, 1533 at Greenwich Palace. Her birth was not celebrated; instead it was a bitter disappointment to her father King Henry VIII, who was highly anticipating the birth of a son. Her mother was executed for treason shortly after her birth, and as Aninna Jokinen states in her article, “Elizabeth lost all heredity to the throne” (Jokinen 1). After Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour died, however, Elizabeth was placed back in the order of succession after Edward and Mary by act of parliament.
“’I am already bound unto a husband which is the Kingdom of England.’” (Briscoe). These words were spoken by none other than Queen Elizabeth I, one of the most prominent monarchs of England. Elizabeth’s childhood impacted the decisions she made as Queen of England. The Queen is well known for the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots as well as for defeating the Spanish Armada. Being the ‘Virgin Queen’ also added to her popularity. Elizabeth’s reign is considered to some to be an “era of glory” (Trueman), but her early years leading up to her reign were less than favorable.
...n the arts during the “Elizabethan age”. She also led the country in defeating the Spanish Armada, one of the country’s best military achievements. The country was once again a strong nation and regained credibility as a forceful European power under Elizabeth’s rule (Great Women Rulers 2). Elizabeth left behind an enormous legacy, as well as multiple titles. To this day Elizabeth is looked to as a powerful female leader and role model as well as one of England’s greatest rulers. The love and respect for Elizabeth has withstood the test of time, and she will be looked to as a positive example for many years to come. Over 400 years have passed since Elizabeth’s rule ended in 1603, and yet her rule is still talked about and observed by many. While England has changed and evolved over the past 400 years, the effect of Queen Elizabeth I’s rule can never be overlooked.
In the age that Elizabeth lived, a royal marriage always affected politics and the economy; therefore she had to make a thoughtful decision on whether or not to marry, and if she did choose to marry, who would become her husband. Two outcomes of marriage existed in Elizabeth's era; England would experience a growth in foreign relations, and the marriage could produc...
Tremlett, Giles. Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII. New York: Walker &, 2010. Print.
Today, when anyone mentions the United Kingdom, one of the first aspects thought of about the culture is Queen Elizabeth II. She has been an important figure of the nation for decades, and the idea of there not being a woman as the crown regent seems unfathomable. However, the emergence of women being taken seriously in roles of power is a relatively new accepted concept and until recently women in power seemed to be unrealistic and baffling. In the beginnings of the development of London, A People’s History of London by Lindsey German and John Rees suggests that women were seen as inferior beings with little importance to society who should be willing to marry at a man’s whim. Yet, without women, it seems likely that many of the advances
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.
The imagery of Elizabeth Tudor has captured audiences for centuries, and continues to do so today. Notions of the great “Gloriana” and the patriotic “Virgin Queen” are still alive in our popular consciousness and widely studied by twenty-first century historians. Elizabeth’s popularity has contributed to a complex collection of imagery surrounding her, and as a consequence, one of the greatest challenges scholars are faced with is to separate the real Elizabeth from the legend. In my research, I will focus on the queen’s speech at Tilbury in 1588, a speech delivered to the English troops as they were awaiting an impending attack of the Spanish Armada. The Tilbury address is one of Elizabeth’s most frequently quoted speeches, despite recurring debates regarding its authenticity. The speech offers an alternate understanding of Elizabeth’s role as a female ruler, since it depicts the queen on the battlefield as opposed to the royal court. Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury, whether fact or legend, provides historians with important clues to the imagery surrounding the queen, and the opportunities, limitations, and expectations that faced a female ruler of the sixteenth-century.
The way both Elizabeth and Catherine lived during their youth had an impact on their life ambitions. Raised by an exasperated father, a single-minded mother whose only goal was to have each of he...
The restoration women of the royal were very impressive for their time. They were a new type of woman who could have only come forward in the maelstrom melting pot of the 1660s. If it weren’t for the return of King Charles II, where would women be? Would have made it as far as they have in politics and modern life today? Because of King Charles II and his love of women, they were successful at there are of backstairs politics giving political influence in the court which reshaped politics forever.