Queen Elizabeth I was born on the September 7, 1533 in Greenwich England. She was a princess but declared illegitimate through political machinations. She eventually claimed the throne at the age of 25 and held it for 44 years, keeping England in the ascendant through wars, and political and religious turmoil. She died in 1603.
Elizabeth was one of the nicer Tudor monarchs. She came to throne at a time where the religion of England had been changed twice and different Kings and Queen Mary had their own beliefs. Elizabeth herself was Protestant. Her predecessor Mary was Catholic. One of Elizabeth's first acts as Queen was to re-establish the Church of England. What would this mean for the people of England?
The 'Golden Age' of England was the name given to the time period in which Elizabeth was queen.
"England was economically healthier, more expansive, and more optimistic under the Tudors" than at any time in a thousand years"- John Guy
England was prosperous on both land and sea. On the sea Elizabeth had Sir Frances Drake searching for new lands to expand the power of England. Elizabeth was also instrumental in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Spanish had come to England to try and defeat Elizabeth because of her reinstating the Church of England.
An interpretation of the battle
Find out how Elizabeth managed to defeat the Spanish Armada. Use your key word searches and compile a 10 step process that shows what Elizabeth did to defeat the Spanish Armada.
Sir Frances Drake and Exploration
Sir Frances Drake was a captain who commanded the first English vessel to sail around the world.
Francis Drake, born around 1540-1544 in Devonshire, England, was involved in piracy and illicit slave trading before being chosen in 1577 as the leader of an expedition intended to pass around South America, through the Strait of Magellan, and explore the coast that lay beyond. Drake successfully completed the journey and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I upon his triumphant return. In 1588 he saw action in the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, though he died in 1596 from dysentery after undertaking an unsuccessful raiding mission.
Imagine you were a Tudor explorer and got the chance to be on Drake's voyage around the globe. What would you pack? What places would you be most excited to see? Now is your chance to find out!
Research and create an infographic about what life could be like for a 16th century explorer. You can choose to focus on Drake's voyage or find another 16th century explorer.
- You need to come up with an identity- who are you, what is your status in society, what position would you hold on the ship?
- Packing- what would you take with you as a 16th century explorer?
- New land- what countries would you want to visit and why? Look at the route Drake or another explorer took and find out where they made landfall and what impact they had on the people there.
- The Journey- research and explain what life on the ship would be like for a 16th century explorer.
Present your findings in the form of an infographic. You can use images and text. Make sure to reference your work!
Example of an infographic
The end of an era
Queen Elizabeth drew her final breath on March 24, 1603, at Richmond Palace in Surrey. With her death came the end of the house of Tudor, a royal family that had ruled England since the late 1400s. The son of her former rival, Mary- Queen of Scots, succeeded her on the throne as James I.
While the end of her reign had been difficult, Elizabeth has largely been remembered as being a queen who supported her people. Her lengthy time on the throne provided her subjects with stability and consistency, and her sharp wits and clever mind helped navigate the nation through religious and political challenges. Sometimes referred to as the Golden Age, the arts had a chance to blossom with Elizabeth's support.