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Was Elizabeth I a Good Queen

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Was Elizabeth A Good Queen? Assignment: Elizabeth I ruled England for 45 years between 1558 and 1603. William Shakespeare, an English playwright, and King Philip II of Spain would have had two very different views of Elizabeth's reign. How would they answer the question: Was Elizabeth a good Queen? On behalf of each man your task is to write a response to that question. Length: 500 Words. Both men would have thought she was a good and admirable queen, but Shakespeare was enjoying the benefits of this whereas King Philip II of Spain would have been in a worse position due to England's rapidly growing power. They would have admired her because she was leading England to a better future. This is portrayed in the "Ditchley Portrait" which shows Queen Elizabeth leading England out of the darkness (symbolised by storm clouds) and into the light. But of course, this image was commissioned by herself so may not be such an accurate source but it was true that England was becoming a stronger nation. ...read more.


This means they had more leisure time and it meant that playwrights like Shakespeare were better off. This is another reason why Shakespeare would have thought of her as a good queen as she was leading England forward. Again because of Drakes actions, Philip would not have been worse off because his country would be at a loss. This means that although he may not have liked Elizabeth for what her country was doing under her reign, he still would have admired her for her strong political figure, her control over her country and her ability to lead. Politically, she was making England strong by forming alliances with France in 1564 and stayed allied with the Dutch for her entire reign. This is a good reason why they would have thought of her as good queen. She was devoted to her country, saying "I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England". ...read more.


this blessed plot, this earth, this realm this England..." This is another example of how great and powerful people thought England was; which was all down to their Queen. In conclusion, both men would have thought Queen Elizabeth I as a good queen. Although King Philip II of Spain went to war and fought against the English, it is quite clear that he must have admired her leadership and skills as a queen and was probably extremely jealous and envious of her too. Shakespeare would have also thought of her as a good queen as he was really feeling the benefits of her actions as a queen as she made England stronger economically, which meant more people had leisure time for watching his plays. Overall Elizabeth's actions as a queen made it hard for people not to like her. She was probably the greatest monarch in English history. When she became the queen, England was a third-rate power and a place in religious dispute and distress. When she died, England was the most powerful nation in Europe, and religion was much more settled. ...read more.

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