A Queen Adored, England's Elizabeth Ii

1671 words - 7 pages

A QUEEN ADORED: ENGLAND'S ELIZABETH IICountess of Longford, Elizabeth Pakenham, was born in London England in 1906. She attended Lady Margaret Hall and Oxford University where she studied classical history and philosophy. She later married Oxford professor and politician, the seventh Earl of Longford in 1931, with whom she had eight children. She worked as a tutor from 1930-36 in the Worker's Educational Association, and was a member of the Paddington and St. Pomcras Rent Tribunal from 1946-51. She was also a Labour party candidate for Cheltenham, and later for the City of Oxford. After both campaigns proved unsuccessful, Longford began her career as a writer in 1954, where she concentrated on the topic of parenting. She later turned her focus to British history, and became recognized for her talent as a biographer. She was awarded the James Tait Memorial Prize for best biography in 1964 for Victoria R.I. Longford claimed the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award twice with Wellington,1969, and The Royal House of Windsor, Winston Churchill in 1974. It is with this same thoroughness and true human interest that she captures the life of England's reigning monarch in The Queen; The Life of Elizabeth II.Though surveys have revealed that at any one time between 15 and 30% of the English people claim they would prefer a republic, the majority uphold the traditional support of the monarchy, as has been the English custom for over a thousand years. Since 1952 the endeared Queen Elizabeth II has played this role in her country's politics as an important aspect of the modern nation's identity. As she has proved neither conservative nor liberal in her stance, she has so come to symbolize a popular democracy.It was raining on the sunless April day in 1926 when Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon announced to her husband of three years that it was time. The Duke and Duchess of York were anticipating the birth of their first child. As the doctors were soon to discover, this was not to be a routine delivery. The child was breech and as night fell the decision to perform a cesarean section was made and thus commenced. The operation a success, at 2:40 AM, Wednesday, April 21, a princess was born. As is characteristic of cesarean birth, the first granddaughter of King GeorgeV and Queen Mary was particularly immaculate with a shapely head, fair hair, and pink skin. Her bright blue eyes were framed by long dark lashes. She was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, after her mother, great-grandmother, and grandmother the Queen. Her delighted father wrote to his royal parents to announce the new arrival and express his hope that they would be as satisfied with the birth of a girl as were he and his wife. As she was born third in line of an unlikely succession, a granddaughter was a refreshing delight. As one more of sentiment, the ideal of a little Princess had an immediate public appeal as well.In the same year of Elizabeth's birth, there were other significant changes within the...

Find Another Essay On A Queen Adored, England's Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford

3370 words - 13 pages Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in "Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford Annabella, the female protagonist in John Ford’s play, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, ultimately dies after trying to meet the conflicting demands that her brother and father place on her. While her brother, Giovanni, commands her to be his clandestine lover, her father, Florio, expects her to marry a socially appropriate man and bear a child. These demands closely

Queen Elizabeth I. Essay prompt relating to a speech QEI made to rally her troops. Analyzation AP style.

778 words - 3 pages In a calling to arms, a leader must portray his confidence and support of the people he is speaking to. Queen Elizabeth I had to put forth more effort when rallying her army then a king would; she was a woman. In calling her army to arms, Queen Elizabeth I of England utilizes certain elements of language-diction, imagery, and sentence structure-to let them see the truth in what she said.Queen Elizabeth I implements diction in her speech to her

Elizabeth

1148 words - 5 pages King. She went through a large number of suitors to find the right one, including Philip II of Spain; Eric of Sweden; Adolphus, Duke of Holstein; and the Archduke Charles. Elizabeth and her advisors thought carefully in developing the right strategy for the right marriage. If she was not to marry, she would become known and die as the "Virgin Queen." With the right type of marriage, this would give England a Protestant heir and strengthen

"Elizabeth I" Book report on Jacob Abbot's "Elizabeth I" with a few other workds cited

1172 words - 5 pages Elizabeth I Elizabeth I by Jacob Abbott is the biographical account of Queen Elizabeth I. The story follows the birth, childhood, reign, and death of England's beloved Virgin Queen. King Henry VIII of England is known best for his six wives (three Catherines, two Annes, and a Jane), the most famous of all being his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Henry married Anne before his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, with whom he had one

Queen Elizabeth I

1176 words - 5 pages . (Stated on page 1 of Crompton, Samuel Willard. Queen Elizabeth and England's Golden Age. Chelsea House, 2005. Print.) She was born into the dynasty of the Tudors, a cantankerous royal family. Elizabeth had a cruel and unseemly childhood. Her mother, the second wife of King Henry was found guilty of treason and beheaded, when Elizabeth was three years old. (Stated in Queen Elizabeth I: Biography, Portraits, Primary Sources." EnglishHistory.net. Web. 20

Powerful rulers during the age of the monarchy: Queen Elizabeth I and Czarina Catherine the Great

978 words - 4 pages labors of the peasants. Both Czarina Catherine and Queen Elizabeth I started their reigns off in debt. Czarina Catherine was able to overcome the debt and even spend money on large social projects, (Volodymyr Kubijovyc.) but Queen Elizabeth was unable to stabilize her coffers during her reign, and when she died, England was as badly in debt as when her rule began. England's society, however, had come into a great wealth of culture.Czarina

More than Just a Pretty Face, and with the Heart and Stomach of a King

2434 words - 10 pages , warns her of threats of political assassination, as well as interrogates many Catholics, with use of violent force, for information. It is found that Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, is behind many of these attempts on Elizabeth’s life (Meale 290). Mary is imprisoned for a little over eighteen years before Elizabeth is forced to have her executed for treason. This execution of a Royal person and a Catholic as well, gives King Phillip II

Queen Elizabeth I: Changing the Course of England

1840 words - 8 pages year, in 1588, Philip II of Spain sent a fleet of Ships for England (Elizabeth I Royal.gov). He first decided to invade England in 1585 (Somerset 444). This invasion fleet of approximately one hundred and thirty ships was called “The Armada”. They were sent to invade England, overthrow the queen, rid England of Protestantism, and bring back Catholicism again (Elizabeth I BBC). Philip II believed that he had a right to the throne in England

The First Non-Married Women to Rule England

1233 words - 5 pages How did Queen Elizabeth become queen? Well Queen Elizabeth I was born straight into royalty. Her father Henry VIII, had six wives and Elizabeth came from the second wife. Elizabeth I wasn’t the first of the siblings to take the throne, her sister Mary took over before her. Even though she wasn’t the first of the siblings to take the throne she was still a great queen during her early years of ruling, but by her late years England started to fall

Response on Queen Elizabeth's speech to the troops at Tilbury.

518 words - 2 pages There often comes a point in the history of a nation when its people must stand and fight or be vanquished at the hands of their enemies. In such cases when battles draw near, it is frequently necessary for great leaders to rise up and compel their followers to stay strong in the face of adversity. Awaiting a Spanish invasion, in 1588 Queen Elizabeth I attempted to rally her troops assembled at Tilbury. To rouse their emotions and stir them to

"To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more pleasant to them that see it than it is pleasant for them that bear it." How does Elizabeth's reign reflect this statement?

1873 words - 7 pages and Edward VI and they were considered a poor credit risk on the Continent.As soon as Elizabeth ascended the throne, she had to fend off claims to the throne by her cousin, Mary Stuart. Mary Stuart was Queen of England and the wife of the French dauphin and also was a Catholic with the French monarchy behind her.Elizabeth was continually pressured to get married to a suitable man as no one expected her to rule alone. Her personal affairs were

Similar Essays

Queen Elizabeth Ii, Her Worldly Life For Over 87 Years

1013 words - 5 pages , Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Queen Elizabeth II lived a worldly life for over 87 years. Elizabeth II was the first child and was born in her grandfather’s house and was baptized at Bingham Palace on May 29. Elizabeth II holds the title of Supreme Governor of the Church of England at the denomination of the Episcopalian faith. She is also a member in the Church of Scotland-a Presbyterian denomination

Was Elizabeth I A Good Queen?

1224 words - 5 pages good Queen. She dealt with all the wars England faced in an orderly manner. She also decided what was best for her country and didn't marry Philip II. She also didn't want Mary Queen of Scots to die. She made many personal sacrifices for the best of the country, and she didn't accumulate a great wealth for her self, but gave some of her money to her country. The English people in general did really like her (although there were always a few people against her). All these facts make me conclude that Elizabeth I was one of the finest monarchs England has ever had.

The Doubt Of Future Foes By Queen Elizabeth I: The Outraged Thoughts Of A Proud Queen

972 words - 4 pages language, imagery, and symbolism to reveal her utmost disappointment in Mary. The Queen uses figurative language, which makes the reader ponder about the more profound meaning and artistic quality of the poem. She uses personification in line 4, “which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web”. This shows that Elizabeth is trapped in an unavoidable, convoluted situation with no distinct way out. The word, wisdom evokes a sense of

Essay Basically Explains How Queen Elizabeth I Of England Was A Leader.

1398 words - 6 pages Leaders Model the Way:From the time that Elizabeth was born, she knew eventually she would become the Queen of England that despite the best efforts of her sister Mary, who was the Queen until she died in 1558 and Elizabeth succeeded her at the age of 25. The childhood of Elizabeth was fraught with danger and disaster. Her mother was beheaded when she was three years old. Elizabeth, a nominal Protestant, was considered a constant threat to her