Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
Who is your most favorite historical figure?
Feb 22, 2019
Born in England, Queen Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1558 and reigned for 45 years. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was indisputably one of the greatest English monarchs. During her reign, she established Protestantism in England and helped Britain become a world power.
One of the key events during her reign was the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. This defeat of the Armada marked one of the greatest military victories in English history. As a result of this, her popularity reached an all-time high and she became a much-loved, admired and respected queen. Also, during her reign, English literature flourished with works by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Edmund Spenser. English theatre reached its peak.
Queen Elizabeth I - nicknamed 'Good Queen Bess' and 'The Faerie Queen' - was quick-witted, intelligent and articulate, surrounding herself with skilled advisors. However, she could also be ruthless and indecisive. She never married and so was often referred to as the 'Virgin Queen'.
She is my favourite person in history because she united a divided Britain, inspired her troops and showed utmost loyalty to her country at all times. She was a true defender of the realm and acted in England's best interests. Although considered a 'weak and feeble woman', she was actually one of the best-educated women of her generation and was incredibly strong, resilient and determined. She could speak French, Flemish, Italian, Welsh, Cornish and Scottish. When she took over as the Queen of England, the country was at its weakest and when she died, it was at its strongest. She was a legendary ruler who led England towards peace and stability.
She died at the grand old age of 69 and was succeeded by James VI of Scotland who became James I of England.
What an incredible woman!