This course will examine the life and reign of Elizabeth I, from her troubled childhood to the death of the aged Virgin Queen. But what do we really know of this iconic queen? Can her reign be accounted a success?
The reign of Elizabeth I witnessed some of the most famous, transformative events in English history. The Elizabethan religious settlement finally established Protestantism as the official religion in England; the defeat of the Armada in 1588 played an important role in the formation of English national identity. Most of all, the image of the queen, iconically depicted in contemporary art and literature, has come to dominate historical accounts of the period. And yet we know very little about the queen herself. Elizabeth left few personal documents and no direct testimony about the key unanswered questions of her reign, such as her personal religious beliefs or why she never married. This course will address these questions and the other key issues of Elizabeth's 45 year reign, looking beyond the posthumous 'myth of the Virgin Queen to assess the success and effectiveness of her rule.
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