Elizabeth I Takes The Plate Essay

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In the history of the world, men have mostly been the dominant governing body, ruling as kings, tyrants, and conquerors. Not many times has a woman attempted such feats as men have. This is especially true for the English Isles where generations of kings have reigned for centuries. However, this dynamic changed when one of the most influential women in the history of the world rose to power. In 1558, Queen Elizabeth rose to the throne under the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth I was a powerful influence on how the world would soon see how a woman could be just as great a ruler as a man.
Elizabeth Tudor was born in Greenwich Palace on September of 1533 to the crazed tyrant, Henry VIII, and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. King Henry VIII had hoped for a son so as to inherit the throne and continue the Tudor line after he would no longer be able to. To do this, he defied the Catholic Church and cut ties with the church and England in order to end his marriage with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. This was the spark that fueled the religious unrest when Elizabeth would later come to receive the throne. However, with Elizabeth’s birth, King Henry VIII was not entirely thrilled and, therefore, executed Anne Boleyn when Elizabeth was three for not producing a son during the marriage. Along with the execution, King Henry had other children to tend to. This, in turn, led to a turbulent childhood for Elizabeth as she passed into obscurity, but it was not a loss for her.
In her youth, Elizabeth grew up away from the castle and was raised by as King Henry focused more on his two other children, Edward and Mary. However, Elizabeth was not completely neglected; she was given the best education only royalty could have offered and “thrived in her studies. She was fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, and she possessed a scholar’s grasp of Greek and Latin” (Huso 1). She was wise at a young age and was always dignified, never showing her emotions blatantly. She took on academics and studies only males typically studied during the time and this would help shape how she would later rule the country through turbulent times. As a distinguished Cambridge tutor Roger Ascham once wrote, ‘Her {Elizabeth} mind has no womanly weakness,’”(Greenblatt 4). Her vast knowledge would later serve for dynamic change into the Golden Period and ameliorate international relations with other countries: something no woman has accomplished successfully as she did.
After the death of her frail half-brother Edward, and half-sister Mary, Elizabeth was named queen on November 17, 1558 and with great acceptance from the people. Elizabeth became the symbol for a new era in England bringing about discovery, innovation, reform, and power, “and when a revolution is brought about, people change their values in very deep and profound ways” (Ahsan 1). England was afflicted with religious struggles, foreign threats, and political strife. The people needed a strong leader to pull them and England out...

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