Elizabeth “Semper Eadem”
Known as The Golden Age in English history, the 45 year rule of Queen Elizabeth I turned the declining country of England, into one of the most powerful and prosperous countries in the world.
Elizabeth Tutor I was born unwanted to King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn on September 7 1533. Taught by famous scholars in her youth, she excelled at her studies. From an early age, she was seen to be enormously gifted. She had an especial flair for languages. By adulthood, she was capable of speaking 5 different languages.
In the January of 1547, King Henry passed away leaving Elizabeth 3rd in line to the throne. The true successor to throne was Edward VI but he was far too young to govern, when he died at age at the age of 16, Elizabeth became 2nd in line to the throne, after her half sister Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary.
After a sojourn in The Tower of London, Elizabeth finally ascended the throne in November of 1558. On November 15th, 1558, Elizabeth was at last crowned Queen after years of being cast aside, forgotten, and even tried for conspiracy. She inherited a destitute country filled with religious strife and memories of the many defeats at war. But still, she was determined to live life to its fullest and enjoyed horse-back riding and game/bear hunting. She loved music, dancing, and pageantry. She dressed extravagantly while watching plays, which created the basis for the flourishing of the theater and with it the plays of Shakespeare.
Queen Elizabeth: Gender, Intellect & Politics
Queen Elizabeth the first was one of the first woman monarchs to rule alone in the history of Europe. Her character, the way she ruled, and even her gender transformed her country’s government and shaped the future of her kingdom. She was the first Queen to lend her name to an entirely new age. In the half century during which she ruled, her kingdom became known for its pageantry and glamour. When Elizabeth Tudor had succeeded the throne, religious strife, a huge government debt, and failures in war, had caused England to be considered a poor credit risk on the Continent. Though popular and much-admired, Elizabeth did not inherit a stable and prosperous country, thus the quest for stability and prosperity became the guiding force of her reign. She constantly avoided foreign entanglements and religious extremism. The motto Elizabeth “Semper Eadem” Latin, meaning “Always the same” was highly appropriate. Queen Elizabeth I left behind an extraordinary image of a dazzling era of excitement and achievement, nearly superhuman heroes and daring deeds, with the Queen, larger than life, radiating inspiration at the center of it all.
Elizabeth’s character was a mystery to most people at the time she inherited the throne. She had learned to keep her own council, control her emotions, and always behaved cautiously, thus being able to disprove all rumors about her. Always dignified and stately, she could be...