This 8 page report discusses the ways in which Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) used religion as her tool for engineering her survival and to safeguard her role as monarch. Under the leadership and the strong reign of Elizabeth, England increased its political power and made many cultural achievements. Elizabeth, even by modern standards, was a brilliant politician. Her manipulations were never without purpose or focus. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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more information on using this paper properly! Introduction to Elizabeth I The reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) was
one of the most prosperous and glorious times in English history, culturally, economically, diplomatically, and more. Certainly it was not a period unmarked by problems and apparently monumental challenges yet
it was one of the ages in which England established itself as the great and glorious empire it was. The timeframe became known, logically, as the Elizabethan era.
Under the leadership and the strong reign of Elizabeth, England increased its political power and made many cultural achievements. Elizabeth, even by modern standards, was a brilliant politician. Her
manipulations were never without purpose or focus. Elizabeth, as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyns daughter had been third in line to gain the
throne. Before her was her half-brother, Edward, Henrys son with Jane Seymour. Edward inherited the throne at age 9, only to die at age 15. Elizabeth also had a half-sister,
Mary, who was Henrys daughter with Katherine of Aragon . But Mary was a "fanatical Roman Catholic" who inherited the throne when Elizabeth was 20 years old (Kendall 13). Soon
after Mary was crowned, she imprisoned Elizabeth because she was Protestant and Mary had reason to assume that Elizabeth would be conspiring with her enemies (Kendall 14).
In order to gain her freedom, Elizabeth declared he dedication to Roman Catholicism, and regained Marys favor. Marys reign continued, and her popularity waned as
she continued to persecute the English Protestants and ultimately came to be known as "Bloody Mary" throughout the land. Quite suddenly, Marys health declined, and on November 17, 1558, she