The Life of Queen Elizabeth I of England
Was the Reign of Queen Elizabeth the Golden Age of England?
Under Elizabeth I, Engalnd grew and flourished. The English Navy defeated the Spanish Armada, thus securing the position of top sea power in the world. Sir Francis Drake made many voyages and conquests in the name of England. The Church of England regained control, and although there was some persecution of Roman Catholics and Protestants, it paled in comparision to the bloodbath brought about by the harsh policies of Mary I. The "60-shilling standard" was introduced, changing the material and weight of coinage. Nationalism soared, and the public adored the kind, down-to-earth queen.
Aside from all these wonderful accomplishments, Elizabeth was also one of the strongest female leaders that history has ever seen. She stood strong in the face of battle, delivering inspiring messages to the troops. She also stood strong as hundreds of suitors came to claim her hand in marriage, turning down every single one of them-she couldn't marry, she said, she was already married to her people. She ruled without a man at her side, which was nearly unheard of in an age where women were considered delicate and fragile. She was praised for thinking like a man-that is, being wise and cunning. Art was made, poems were dedicated to, and songs were sung of the glory of Elizabeth, the woman who single-handeldly led England through the Renaissance and through an age that was truly golden.