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Good Queen Bess: The Leadership of Queen Elizabeth I
Transcript of Good Queen Bess: The Leadership of Queen Elizabeth I
The Leadership of Queen Elizabeth I "video et taceo"
(I see, and say nothing) She was cautious in state affairs, thus saving the country from ill-fated wars. She provided the much needed military and economic stability that allowed England to enter a "Golden Age." Although some grew unhappy with her reign near the time of her death, most remembered her reign as a period of progress coupled with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. A leader is willing to act... She defeated the Spanish Armada. Although she was expected to marry, she never did. Elizabeth I removed the French threat from Scotland. She also established trade between the Barbary coast and England. A leader makes good decisions Kept Mary, Queen of Scots imprisoned instead of allowing her to create a rebellion in Scotland. Relied on her council and allowed the Parliament to help make decisions. This helped her popularity with the people. Decided to focus on the strength of the navy rather than spread out with unfortunate land campaigns. Elizabeth also helped establish a strong sense of national identity which kept the England united. A good leader can handle conflict... By allowing the parliament to help rule the country, Elizabeth created a country of enamoured subjects. When the people were starving, Elizabeth funded playwrights to get the people's minds off of their stomachs. Despite her house arrest (before she had ascended the throne), Elizabeth continued to make arrangements for her government. Although her advisors wished for her to marry, she never did. Instead, she used marriage as a ploy to help grease agreements with other countries. A leader works to avoid pitfalls... Not only did she defeat the Spanish Armada, but she also managed to put a dent in their coffers by hiring privateers to attack merchant ships. Although the campaign was, overall, a failure, Elizabeth's support of Henry IV showed she was not afraid to support who she though was the rightful heir. Elizabeth's actions within the church proved that she knew that her people were mostly Protestants, but she also knew that the Catholics could pose a threat. By not persecuting the Catholics, she showed that she knew the people. Although the Tsar of Russia often pushed Elizabeth for a military alliance, she always kept in mind that the people of England needed help economically- they didn't need another ally. A leader knows how to motivate... Queen Elizabeth's reign, since her death, has become an idealized dream- a time in which the crown and parliament worked cohesively. Although her policies were moderate, Elizabeth is remembered as the destroyer of the Spanish Armada, as well as the Virgin Queen who had no faults. Although she had a run-in with smallpox as a young teenager, Elizabeth is always shown as a great beauty until death; such is the devotion of her people. Though she reigned over a small island, England under her rule became known as a country to be feared and respected- as it still is today. Works Cited
"Elizabeth I of England." Wikipedia.org. 5 July 2011. 5
July 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_I_of_England>