When Elizabeth came to the throne in the midst of this strife

When Elizabeth came to the throne in the midst of this strife

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When Elizabeth came to the throne in the midst of this strife, it seemed that England  was in for some trouble. Not only was she a woman in a time when women were  considered inferior; but she was also a mere youth of 25 and lacked siblings who could  step in for her were she to fail in her task. Yet contrary to the expectations of many,  Elizabeth reigned for half a century, proving one of England's strongest rulers ever. She  greatly contributed to the tradition of stability in English government, and served as an  icon for later English nationalism. She inspired an age of prosperity economically,  providing a materially well-off society that could turn its attention to art and culture;  Elizabethan England produced some of the world's greatest literature, including that of  Shakespeare. Elizabeth served England amazingly well in all but one respect. Since Elizabeth (the 
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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.

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