Introduction and Chapter 1, The Most English Woman in England
• The author uses the reign of Elizabeth I as a framework for her personality and personal life.
• Elizabeth was determined not to let foreign powers rule England and was disinclined to get married.
• Elizabeth and her brother Edward were Protestant while older sister, Mary, was Catholic.
• When Mary took the throne it was a disaster for the entire country.
• When Elizabeth succeeded Mary she used the stereotypes of her gender to her advantage.
• She was more comfortable around men and often saw women as threats.
Chapters 2 and 3 God Send Our Mistress a Husband and Disputes Over Trifles
• During her ascension ceremony Elizabeth is fitted with a ring symbolically marrying her to the people of England.
• She left each to their own conscience in the matter of religion.
• She kept her many suitors in limbo to protect and politically strengthen...
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