After facing the Spanish Armada, Elizabeth's main advisors passed away. In the 1890s, she was in her sixties. The result was a changing of the guard: Elizabeth now had much younger and less experienced advisors serving her. As she was old, some people in he court thought she was becoming frail and senile, and tried to take advantage of her. The best example of this was Essex, who thought he could get away with anything around the Queen, such as disobeying her orders and once even turning his back on her in court (she promptly smacked him hard in the back of the head). However, her actions proved that, although old, she had not lost her wits. Essex, in fact, despite being a somewhat talented military leader, ignored prudent warnings from Francis Bacon and completely miscalculated just how shrewd the elderly Elizabeth still was.
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