The Life of Elizabeth I Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Alison Weir (historian)
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Essay Topic 1

Describe Elizabeth's childhood. Who were her parents? How did her mother's end affect her throughout her life? What were her relationships with her siblings? How did these relationships continue to affect her adult life? What effect did her past experiences have on her willingness to marry?

Essay Topic 2

Why did Elizabeth refuse to marry? What were the political implications of her singleness? Who did she claim to be married to? Why did Elizabeth personally abhor the state of matrimony? What incidents in her past may have contributed to this opinion? What other theories does the author mention on Elizabeth's spinsterhood? How did she continually used marriage as a bargaining chip to protect England?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the differences between Elizabeth I and Mary I. How did they differ in the stance on religion? What examples can you give about their individual reigns? How did they differ...

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