Elizabethan

Various dramatic events led to Elizabeth I taking over the throne from the Catholic Queen Mary I.

By the 1560s, newly minted Elizabethan coins had helped to renew people's trust in England’s currency at home and abroad.

After Henry VIII’s death in 1547, Elizabeth went to live with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, leading to a near-disaster. 

Queen Elizabeth I inherited a nation suffering from religious flux, but went on to build a stable, peaceful nation.

The Tudor dynasty was founded in 1485 by Elizabeth's grandfather, Henry VII, when he emerged victorious after the dynastic Wars of the Roses. 

In December 1559, Queen Elizabeth I consecrated Matthew Parker as the first Archbishop of Canterbury for the new Church of England.

John Davis was the second explorer to look for the North-West Passage, in 1585. He also invented the Davis quadrant, enabling sailors to find their latitude.

Queen Elizabeth I's tempestuous relationship with Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex, greatly influenced the latter part of her reign, and resulted in Essex's execution in 1601.

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.

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