By Peter Brimacombe
Elizabeth i used to be the final English monarch actually to rule the country; she inherited a susceptible and divided country but relentlessly shaped it right into a significant international energy, and decisively defeated the mightiest invasion fleet ever to technique our beaches. Her relationships with the major males within the country have been important to the luck of her reign. Her maximum attributes have been a sensible judgement of human nature coupled with the unerring skill to settle on and inspire males. in the course of a protracted and excellent reign, she surrounded herself with the ablest, so much vigorous and fearless minds within the nation. Her retinue was once solely male however the purely guy she didn't select was once a husband, even supposing there has been definitely no scarcity of suitors. Elizabeth used to be devoutly spiritual yet embraced the recent studying with calculated discrimination. She encouraged very good structure, while her sea captains sailed nice oceans to find new shorelines and based a effective abroad empire. Centre level in those heady days...
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John Dudley, Earl of Warwick (later Duke of Northumberland) succeeded Somerset as the King’s chief minister, and in due course Somerset was beheaded. Edward VI was a brilliant boy, with a great aptitude for learning and a strong will of his own. If he had lived longer, he might have been one of the greatest of English kings; but he died of consumption at the age of fifteen. He had been brought up to be a devout Protestant, and was shocked that his eldest sister, Mary (the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon), was a Catholic who refused to abandon her Catholic Mass and accept the new Protestant doctrines.
The Duke of Gloucester, who was Lord Protector for the infant King, was very angry that Owen had presumed to marry the Queen Dowager without his consent. Owen was eventually clapped into prison, and Katherine was forced to retire to a convent, where she died at an early age; but before this, they had had three sons and one daughter. When Henry VI became old enough to exercise the royal power himself he released Owen from prison. Henry maintained very friendly relations with his Tudor half-brothers, and created Edmund Tudor, the eldest son of Owen and Katherine, Earl of Richmond.
1551 Last great visitation of the sweating sickness. 1552 Execution of Somerset. The Second Book of Common Prayer introduces a more extreme form of Protestantism. The play Gammer Gurton’s Needle produced. 1553 Willoughby and Chancellor sail from London to find the North-east Passage. 1553 Death of Edward VI; Jane Grey proclaimed Queen; Mary Tudor defeats Jane Grey, and becomes Queen. Execution of Northumberland; Protestant leaders arrested. The Catholic Mass restored. 1554 Sir Thomas Wyatt leads a Protestant revolt in Kent.
All the Queen's Men: The World of Elizabeth I by Peter Brimacombe