The Life of Elizabeth I Short Essay - Answer Key

Alison Weir (historian)
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1. What is Alison Weir's point of view on the reign of Elizabeth I?

Weir uses the Queen's reign as a framework to examine her personal life.

2. Why did Elizabeth I decide to stress English nationalism?

She stressed English nationalism because Spain's involvement in her sister Mary's reign had been a disaster.

3. How could Elizabeth's childhood have played into her adult refusals to marry?

In Elizabeth's mind marriage was associated with death from an early age, possibly dissuading her from the institution for life.

4. Why was Elizabeth cautious about her religion during the reign of Mary I?

Mary I was a militant Catholic and relentlessly persecuted Protestants during her reign.

5. During her coronation service, to whom was Elizabeth symbolically married?

She was symbolically married to her people, complete with a ring on her finger.

6. How did Elizabeth's policies toward her people's religion differ from Mary's?

Elizabeth was content for people to show the outward signs of religious obedience, even if they did not believe it themselves.

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