Assess The Main Problems Facing Elizabeth At Her a

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Assess the main problems facing Elizabeth at her accession in 1558 The English generally regarded a female monarch with apprehension, but in general England was still a male-dominated world. The things that made rulers great were thought only to occur in men and so women were generally looked down upon as rulers. Women were thought to be physically, intellectually, and emotionally inferior to men and, therefore, incapable of handling the rigors of public life. Men expected a female ruler to marry and hand the reins of government over to her husband and after the reign of Queen Mary they were not expectant of much from another inexperienced woman. An unmarried female ruler was inconceivable to sixteenth-century Europeans. There were two major threats to the peace of her reign, the reigns of Edward and Mary had left England as a divided country religiously. Elizabeth’s religious ideals were unknown, but both Catholics and Protestants hoped for her support. She brought Protestants who had been exiled back into England. As for the religious divide, Elizabeth created a Church of England where Protestants and Catholics alike could go to pray and let people decide what religion they would like to follow. According to Catholics, Henry married Anne Boleyn is 1533 while still married to Catherine of Aragon. Catholics did not recognize this marriage and Elizabeth was illegitimate under Catholic Law. Elizabeth’s legitimacy was indeed open to question. Henry’s first Act of Succession in 1534 had declared Mary illegitimate, placing Elizabeth first in the line of succession. Then, after Anne Boleyn’s execution and Henry’s subsequent marriage to Jane Seymour in 1536, Parliament passed a second Act of Succession, which bastardized Elizabeth. A third act in 1544 placed Elizabeth third in line for the throne behind Edward and Mary, but did not legitimize her. As a result, not
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