Elizabethan Era

Elizabeth I was the queen regent of England from 1558 until her death in 1603. Historians frequently refer to this period in English history as the Elizabethan era. After a contentious accession to the throne marked by a deadly succession dispute with her half-sister, Elizabeth left a legacy largely defined by political stability. For this reason, scholars refer to the Elizabethan era as the golden age of English history. Historical Background Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the king's second wife who was famously beheaded on his orders. After the death of her half-brother, King Edward VI, Elizabeth's half-sister Mary was determined to have the crown. Mary came to view Elizabeth as a...

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