Elizabeth I Essay

3153 WordsApr 30, 201313 Pages
Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I was a famous leader in British history. She survived a hard and trying reign filled with dilemmas. She was a courageous woman leader who used every bit of her wisdom to overcome all challenges that faced her as Queen. In “Profiles in Power: Elizabeth I” by Christopher Haigh, he examines the questions posed about her leadership and gender. He examines her application of powers and effects of her gender in relation to her leadership. Haigh does this through examining her role in relation to the throne, the Church, with the nobility, Privy Council, Court, Parliament, Military and with the people. At the time of Elizabeth I, Britain was thought to have had the best form of government in the world but in reality it was one of the most complicated systems of government in comparison to other countries of the time. The government was in part a combination of the Monarchy and a Democratic government. It was divided into various different groups of leaders to enable complete control over the entire nation. The national government was controlled by the Parliament and the Privy Council. Then there were county and community government like in the north and the council of the marches. The Queen was the most important person in this system. Her laws and commands were to be obeyed by all in England. In order to ensure that her laws would be carried out she established royal representatives. The highest of these representatives were the sheriffs, justices of the peace and the mayor. When Elizabeth came into power she relieved two-thirds of Privy Council and replaced them with Protestants and close political allies and friends. She surrounded herself with her own supporters so that she could be safe and supported. Though many people in the past believe that Elizabeth I was the reason for this harmony in England, Haigh believes otherwise. He states

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