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Unformatted text preview: Although Elizabeth had always tolerated religious difference under her reign, in her late years she became very fearful of a conspiracy against her led by Jesuits (an order of Catholic priests). Thus, outside of the law courts, Elizabeth initiated a private hunt for Catholic conspirators, naming Richard Topcliffe as chief of the operation. Topcliffe proved particularly cruel, and this period marked the one period of Catholic persecution under Elizabeth. Eventually, however, she decided this measure had been a mistake, and became angry at the Privy Council, which, she became convinced, had tricked her into initiating the Jesuit hunt. Near the end of Elizabeth's life, England's economy started to go downhill. The many years of prosperity had led to rapid inflation, and Elizabeth, though always stingy and thrifty, nonetheless started losing money as her royal funds ran low. She was forced to thrifty, nonetheless started losing money as her royal funds ran low....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07