This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Great Rulers Of 15th And 16th Century Dynasties

954 words - 4 pages

During the Wars of Religion, from 1554 to 1648, the actions of Elizabeth I, Henry IV, Louis XIII, and Philip II all demonstrated their worthiness to be considered great rulers. Elizabeth I of England defeated the Spanish Armada, the strongest naval power the world had ever seen. Henry IV of France took many steps that eventually led to a religious agreement in France. Louis XIII of France left France as a major European power. Philip II of Spain made Spain very rich and powerful during the height of his reign.
Elizabeth Tudor I of England accomplished many things during her reign, proving her a great ruler. Elizabeth ruled as a woman in a male-dominant society. She was the first woman to rule England without a king for her entire reign. Adding to her challenges was the fact that she was a Protestant Queen in a Catholic country. One of Elizabeth’s main accomplishments was the Act of Uniformity that was passed in 1559. This required everyone in England to be a Protestant on the surface and to attend Anglican Church on Sunday. Catholics were still allowed to practice their own religion, but had to do so underground, so that England would appear to be religiously unified. Another achievement that made Elizabeth I a great ruler were the 39 Articles that were passed in 1563. This was a Protestant doctrine, but preserved many Catholic ceremonies, which led to a very moderate form of Protestantism. However, the accomplishment of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, is probably the most important factor in making Elizabeth I a great ruler. The small English ships were much better suited when a storm came along, and the Spanish Navy easily fell to the English. The most powerful navy was destroyed, and it left England with the strongest naval power. With a poor and unstable kingdom given to her in 1558, what Elizabeth was able to accomplish stands out in this period of warfare, and made her a great ruler.
Henry IV of France was a popular king, and was able to accomplish many things both religiously and politically. He ended the civil war that had been going on for thirty-six years by officially becoming a Catholic in 1593. The Edict of Nantes issued in 1598 added to the religious peace in France by giving the French Huguenots essentially the same rights as the Catholics. The Edict of Nantes also allowed nobles to hold Protestant services in their homes. These changes greatly enhanced Henry IV’s popularity among Protestants. Henry IV was a politique, meaning that he placed state above religion. He also laid out the foundations for an absolute monarchy in France. His work on uniting France is arguably the most important accomplishment. Not only did he bring...

Find Another Essay On Great Rulers of 15th and 16th Century Dynasties

16th century lycanthropy: How did the belief in werewolves influence the crime and literature of 16th century Europe?

877 words - 4 pages "Lycanthropy... 1 : a delusion that one has become a wolf 2 : the assumption of the form and characteristics of a wolf held to be possible by witchcraft or magic," (Webster's). Today, the idea of humans transforming into animals seems absurd. No sane person could ever believe such fairy tales of times long gone. In 16th century Europe, however, the belief was widespread. Accompanying the wave of satanism that swept Europe after the Middle Ages


1460 words - 6 pages Holy Scriptures and a teacher of the church. Like St. Thomas, Luther believed that each person had his proper place in society and should keep it, and he used the word ''calling" to suggest that God wants a Christian to be dedicated to his vocation. He set in motion epochal changes in the culture and politics of 16th-century Europe, changes that helped shape the history not only of Europe but also of the world.The Reformation, like the

What consequences of typography did people fear the most? To what extent, in the 15th and 16th Centuries, were these fears justified?

1670 words - 7 pages core beliefs and identity, leaving many minds confused in this information overload. Printing brought about an endless broadening of horizons, a flood of information and knowledge. In order to achieve some sense of stability, order and balance, many intellectuals resorted to list-making, an almost obsessive compulsive intellectual trend: "The sixteenth century stands as one of the great ages of list making and related activities, as manifested in

Great Rulers and What Makes Them Successful

1667 words - 7 pages Great Rulers and What Makes Them Successful What makes a great ruler? Several great powers in history including Cyrus of Persia, T’ai-tsung, the Duke of Valentine, and Agathocles will be analyzed in order to attempt to answer this question. Based on three readings, these questions will be answered: 1. What are the personal qualities of Cyrus and T’ai-tsung? What is it about these personal

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

978 words - 4 pages Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries saw a development of many strong and powerful monarchs. Most of these monarchs were dynamic rulers whose success was due to their attention to all aspects of rule, in particular, economics, society, and foreign policy. Two monarchs who show their strengths and weaknesses in these categories are Elizabeth I of England and Catherine the Great of Russia. Though similar in some methods of their rule, Catherine

Conspiracies Against Women in 15th and 17th Century Europe

912 words - 4 pages When historians look into the period between the 15th century and 17th century Europe, they analyze who was marginalized and how they were marginalized. The individuals who suffered at the hands of various forces that seemed beyond their control, came from a large group representing at least one-half of humanity known as women. The female gender had been a largely marginalized and went on during the time between the 15th and 17th centuries

Royal Absolutism Through the 15th and 18th Century

1226 words - 5 pages Through the 15th and 18th century, Royal Absolutism was the dominant political structure in western society, and personified France and King Louis XIV. In an earlier century, Niccoló Machiavelli, wrote a document called, “The Prince.” This book was about what it takes to be a successful ruler, and the number one rule of course was: “Power is Everything.” How you acquire the power made no difference as long as you had it. Many people repulsed

The Effects of Mercantilism During the 16th to 18th Centuries in Great Britain and America

542 words - 2 pages Mercantilism during the 16th through 18th century played a major part in the relationship between Britain and the colonists of America. Mercantilism was one of many factors that caused the separation of America and Great Britain. You must first know how mercantilism benefitted both parties in order to understand why the separation took place. Mercantilism is an unfair practice. The main objective of mercantilism was to increase a nation’s

The Age of Exploration and Expansion. Question: Discuss the motives and discoveries of the 16th century voyages of exploration

927 words - 4 pages The Renaissance, the revival of classical art, literature, and learning which took place in Europe in 15th and 16th centuries, sparked imaginations and made people eager to explore. The promise of new riches, such as the spices as silks of the Far East, and the potential discovery of the fabled Northwest Passage were the primary objectives, which fueled the exploration of the New World. The age of exploration was filled with courageous voyagers

What were the motives for European exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries? Which one was the most important?

544 words - 2 pages Europeans didn't suddenly start exploring just because they could; there were many motives that led to European exploration and expansion in the 15th and 16th centuries. They made people confront the dangerous journey to the new colonies, a journey which killed about one half of the people who tried it. People were led by strong motives, and even if not all were exactly quite as important to European expansion, all of them played a part in

Age of Doubt In Europe in the 16th Century

992 words - 4 pages In the 16th Century, Europeans had their faith shattered and were forced to realize that there was doubt in what they believed in. From the countless wars being fought in the name of religion, to the once great and wealthy countries that needed to reaffirm their place in the world, ‘all that they had once taken for granted was suddenly cast into doubt’ (446). Europeans were desperately searching for new foundations to put their faith in ‘in the

Similar Essays

"Progress" Of The 15th And 16th Century

1196 words - 5 pages the Arawak Indianshe saw that they wore little clothing and that some of them had paint on their faces. One native even cut himself with a sword out of ignorance. "They do not bear arms, and donot know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance."# Columbus saw great potential for these Arawak Indians because he thought that they had no belief and would be able to convert to the Christian religion

Requirement Of Reform Of The Church In Europe During 15th And 16th Centuries

1910 words - 8 pages Requirement of Reform of the Church in Europe During 15th and 16th Centuries The Church in Europe required reform at the end of the fifteenth century and the beginning of the sixteenth century for a number of reasons. The main reason being the behaviour of the papacy and their priorities which were no longer the welfare of the Church. There were other factors which contributed to the development of the Reformation in

The Role Of The English Monarchs In The English Reformation In The 15th And 16th Centuries

2194 words - 9 pages , in the 16th century the Reformation abroad, the self-centered motives of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary, as well as the policies of Queen Elizabeth showed the progression of a merely political event to a true spiritual reformation that caused England to become a leader in Europe's Reformation. Moreover, the government of the United States of America would probably not exist in its current form were it not for the Reformation in England.The

Love In The Poetry Of The 16th And 17th Century

1462 words - 6 pages During the 16th and 17th century, many love poems and sonnets were written and most likely circulated for amusement and satire among poets. Though every poem is written about the poet’s undying love for their beloved, they all display different attitudes to love and ways of showing it. In 130, Shakespeare writes of his dark lady, portraying a real picture of her genuine features. Almost every line at first glance seems like an insult to his