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Elizabeth : Fanciful Fiction Elizabeth documents the accession and stabilization of one of England’s greatest monarchs. Though not very historically accurate in terms of timeline and protocol, Elizabeth paints the tale of a queen that stays true to her own absolutism despite pressures and threats from all fronts. The film exaggerates the Queen’s relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester and distorts the reasons for the Duke of Norfolk’s beheading. However, the constant pressures for Her Highness to marry and make alliances and England’s split from the Pope’s authority are accurate. England has been in religious turmoil since Henry VIII’s reign when he severed ties to Rome and created the Church of England. He is succeeded by his son Edward, who soon dies and leaves the throne to Henry’s eldest daughter, Mary. Mary s a devout Catholic who realigns with Rome and gains her nickname “Bloody Mary” from the religious persecution of the nation’s Protestants. The movie’s opening scene depicts three such people being scalped and burned at the stake for their “heresy.” Further heightening the tension in England is the fact that Mary has not produced an heir, which means that upon her death her half-sister Elizabeth- a Protestant- will become queen. Mary’s counsel convinces her to charge Elizabeth with conspiracy and order her death warrant. She doesn’t go through with Elizabeth’s execution, however, and as feared, Mary dies from cancer and Elizabeth become Queen. Banished English Protestants return home when news of Elizabeth’s succession reaches abroad. Among them is Sir Francis Walsingham, a man who will become a trusted counselor and Secretary of State to the Queen. No sooner has Elizabeth retired from her coronation when her advisor William Cecil begins offering up suitors and expelling the benefits, both to the Queen 1
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and the country, of each. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Leicester, shown as very close childhood friends up to this point, become more intimate. They dance rather provocatively (for the time) at the coronation ball and commence a love affair that very evening. Mary of Guise lays claim to the English throne and under pressure from her counsel, Elizabeth sends troops to attack her in Scotland. The campaign is unsuccessful and shows Elizabeth in a negative, impulsive light. Soon plots led by the Duke of Norfolk and even the Pope are in action. The Pope sends a mercenary with letters offering heavenly salvation for anyone that joins the plot against the Queen. Elizabeth grows weary of trusting others, even Leicester as he becomes increasingly possessive. When she officially rejects him, he joins Norfolk when he is convinced that the plot is to save her. Walsingham catches the mercenary and gets the names of those who were to join the
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course HIST 1112 taught by Professor Belzer during the Fall '07 term at Armstrong State University.

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