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Introduction

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I is often referred to as "The Golden Age" of English history. Her reign, known in English history as the Elizabethan period, was an era of great accomplishment in England. It was a heroic age of exploration. Francis Drake sailed around the world, Martin Frobisher voyaged to the Arctic regions, and Walter Raleigh helped colonize America. Poets and dramatists like William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser helped create the "Golden Age" of English literature. But it was Elizabeth herself who vastly changed England's standing among European nations. When she came to the throne England was a poor, remote island that was likely to become the next possession of the growing empire of Spain. By the time  England had become a power in Europe, and its navy ruled the seas. Elizabeth was an immensely popular Queen, and her popularity has waned little with the passing of four hundred years. She is still one of the best loved monarchs, and one of the most admired rulers of all time. She became a legend in her own lifetime, famed for her remarkable abilities and achievements. Yet,  Elizabeth the woman is an enigma, and was an enigma to her own people. Although she entertained many marriage proposals and flirted incessantly, she never married or had children. By the time, Elizabeth, the last of the Tudors, died at seventy years of age after a very successful forty-four year reign, England had become a power in Europe, and its navy ruled the seas.

 
bullet Birth of a Princess
bulletA Difficult Childhood
bulletTroubled Teens
bulletHeir to the Throne                  
bulletMarriage
bulletPastimes
bulletThe Queen's Death
bulletElizabethan Food

 

 

 

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