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Explain what these three sources and your own knowledge tell you about changing attitudes to Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603).

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´╗┐Explain what these three sources and your own knowledge tell you about changing attitudes to Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Source A suggests that Elizabeth I felt Catholics and Protestants were both equal, and wanted to bring a middle ground to Christianity. This is seen as the source shows that she believed Catholics and Protestants were ?both part of the same faith?. This shows that before her reign there was a lot of conflict as some believed that Protestants were not serious enough about God and not strict enough and therefore sinful. This could be due to the previous reign of Mary I who was catholic, therefore It Catholics would have been the main religion. From this I can also suggest that before the reign of queen Elizabeth I there was a lot of conflict between Catholics and Protestants. I know this because the source shows how she is trying to show how all the denominations are one under the eyes of God. ...read more.

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The Catholics believed that The Catholics faith was the way to eternal life and therefore the source shows how many catholic religious leaders saw the Protestant movement as a threat to religion in England as she is seen by the Senior advisor to the pope to be the ?cause of so much injury to the Catholic faith?. The ?injury to the Catholic faith? suggests that many extreme Catholics felt Elizabeth I was a threat as before her reign, England was mainly Catholic due to Mary I, and the new reign would have brought new threat to the religion in England. From the origin of the source, the source is useful because it is a quote from the senior advisor to the pope. From this we can see how the catholic leaders viewed Elizabeth I?s attempts to bring a middle part to religion. We can see that the leaders though the extent a threat and against God, therefore we can see the extent of separation, as the rest of the country became accepting of ...read more.

Conclusion

The source is useful as it is By Sir William Cecil, and active member of the government at the time as the effect of the government and people in government?s views are seen through this. We can see how religion was coming into politics which highlights the importance of this at the time. This source however, is quite unreliable, as Sir William Cecil was the Chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth, and therefore this source is quite biased as he would have been in favour of her views in order to bring favour to her. In conclusion from these sources we can see that many extreme religious people were against the changing attitudes to Catholics that Elizabeth I was trying to bring. Although many people in England with not such important roles were accepting of this change. The people in role and power were against this because of the effect on England for example the effect on Church and politics. However through Elizabeth I?s power of queen we can suggest that attitudes were changing to become more accepting of Protestants through Elizabeth?s I?s view and actions towards Catholics. ...read more.

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