Courtroom of Queen Elizabeth
"She dazzled even her greatest enemies. Her sense of duty was admirable, though it came at great personal cost. She was committed above all else to preserving English peace and stability; her genuine love for her subjects was legendary."
"She inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord, a weakened pawn between the great powers of France and Spain... Elizabeth conformed outwardly to the Catholic faith. But she could not distance herself too much from her Protestant supporters."
Queen Elizabeth as a peaceful but strict ruler
"The Queen was not above the law, but had to act in accordance with it, but Elizabeth was still a very powerful woman. No law could be passed without her consent."
"She also was responsible for choosing the men to help her govern, and had the power to send men or women to prison and order executions. Everyone in the country had to obey her. Not to obey her was against the law, and could be treason, for which the penalty was death."
Queen and her lords and loyals
"The main function of Parliament was to pass laws and grant the Queen money when she needed it. However, the Queen could make laws without Parliament's consent, in what were called ROYAL PROCLAMATIONS, if she wanted, and so if for some reason she and the Privy Council could not get Parliament to pass certain measures, they could resort to proclamations."
"Tudor monarchs tended only to summon Parliament for major governmental reforms or for money, and money was the main reason that Elizabeth summoned hers. Parliament did not have anywhere near as much power as it has today, and there was no Prime Minister or any political parties."
"Many have praised Elizabeth for her skillful handling of the courtships. To be sure, her hand was perhaps her greatest diplomatic weapon, and any one of the proposed marriages, if carried out, would have had strong repercussions on English foreign relations. By refusing to marry, Elizabeth could further her general policy of balancing the Continental powers."
"With her great energy and intellectual curiosity, her court became the center stage in the development of the Renaissance, a cultural movement involving the rebirth of classical thinking and the arts that had been occurring in Europe for over a century."
"Queen Elizabeth was presented as a selfless woman who sacrificed personal happiness for the good of the nation, to which she was, in essence, 'married'."
"Overall, Elizabeth's always shrewd and, when necessary, decisive leadership brought successes during a period of great danger both at home and abroad."