No king of England save Alfred has ever been called “The Great,” but if anyone was given that title, it would probably have been Queen Elizabeth I.
She came to the throne on the heels of both religious and political turmoil. Her grandfather had taken the crown from a hawthorn bush in the last battle of the War of the Roses; her father had torn England asunder and changed her very religion to gain a male heir; her brother – the long-hoped-for male heir – had called in Reformers from abroad to make a truly Protestant realm but died with his mission half-accomplished only to see his elder sister Mary return to Rome. Yet now, Princess Elizabeth had survived – survived, still Protestant, despite Mary’s coercion – survived, still unmarried, to rule England in her own name. [Read more…] about A Queen in History – Elizabeth