Elizabethan

Early portraits of Queen Elizabeth I stress her God-given right to rule by her death she symbolised national unity.

Who was Sir Francis Drake (1542–96)? Discover the life of the Tudor seafarer, famous for traveling the world on the Golden Hind and fighting the Spanish Armada.

In December 1587 Queen Elizabeth I put Lord Howard of Effingham in charge of England’s defence against the Spanish Armada.

Walter Raleigh (1544–1618) was a courtier, seaman and explorer in Elizabethan England. He was a pioneer in the English colonisation of North America.

The threat to the Crown from Catholic forces continued to grow for Queen Elizabeth I during the 1580s.

John Dee (1527–1608/9) was a brilliant mathematician, antiquary and astrologer, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Queen Elizabeth I used her power over language to shape Britain’s history and frame the narrative of the Spanish Armada by giving a now-famous speech to her troops on 9 August 1588.

Anthony Jenkinson was a 16th century English merchant and explorer. He wrote maps and works on Russia and met Ivan the Terrible several times.

The tides of peace turned for Queen Elizabeth I when Mary, Queen of Scots arrived in England

The Spanish Armada led by King Philip II of Spain attempted to invade England in 1588, to avenge the death of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587.

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