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Queen Elizabeth The First: Controversies and Accomplishments

By: Jocelyne Escalante and Emily Escoto.
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Jocelyne Escalante

on 1 March 2013

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Queen Elizabeth Tudor September 7 1533 - March 24 1603 Also known as 'The Virgin Queen' She was named 'The Virgin Queen' because she refused to get married. In fact she stated "I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England." Although she defended her virginity it was said that she was in love with Robert Dudley. Her reign: November 17 1558 - March 24 1603
Dynasty: House of Tudor
She was illegitimately born to Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII in Greenwich England.
She was described as strong, smart, realistic, and accepting.
Known as the greatest monarch. As Queen Elizabeth had many hard times, she has also had countless outstanding accomplishments.
That's why they call the many years she reigned 'The Golden Ages of England'. She was a very intelligent woman,
at 14 years old she learned Greek,
Latin, Spanish, and Welsh.
Which in her time was very
impressive since usually only
the men where taught. In her reign there was an amazing improvement in literacy. Talented poets and playwrights were created such as: William Shakespeare, Edmund Spencer and Christopher Marlowe. She also had expansion over seas. Great explorers emerged such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Elizabeth was a great queen, but there were some controversies in her reign. For example:

The fact that she was a woman, it had the people of England doubt her abilities to rule. At first citizens preferred Mary as queen because she was Catholic. Elizabeth was a Protestant, which was not favored in England at the time. During Mary's reign she was nicknamed 'Bloody Mary' for her cruel actions, and Elizabeth was then preferred. A big controversy as well as her greatest political asset was the fact that she would not wed.
England wanted an heir to the thrown after Elizabeth. She would not get married so the next king or queen would be more difficult to choose. There was also slander against her, such as talk about her being infertile, or her temper being too much for bachelors to handle. A major problem was when she made Catholicism illegal. Which stirred up problems with Pope Pius V. He had the England Catholics revolt against her, most stayed loyal to their queen. He also insulted her by calling her an illegitimate bastard, which angered many people. In her time men were admired, and women always came second.
Which is why people thought she was not fit to rule, and even called her a whore child. She also defeated various rebellions like the Irish 'The rising North' and The Essex rebellion.
Not only that but the incredible defeat of the spanish Armada .
Which she led the way to victory. She was one of the most successful queens who was loved and adored my many. She choose excellent advisers and statesmen and was not dominated by them.
Queen Elizabeth also achieved a new framework of support for the needy, which was a first. Lastly in a man's world at the time Queen Elizabeth lead England with class, bravery, intelligence, and she dominated. "I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too."
-Queen Elizabeth Tudor The real reason why should would not marry is mainly because of her father. Her father beheaded her mother for crimes of adultery and incest, when Elizabeth was two. He also decapitated two more of his six wives. Elizabeth did not want to take the risk. Also she loved her direct involvement with the governance of the nation and didn't want to share it. Since she did not get married she was able to put more effort into England, and focus more on the needs of her people. Which is why it was her greatest political asset, and it also granted her a lot of positive attention.
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