Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

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  • Queen Elizabeth I ruled England & Ireland from 1558-1603
  • She had parliament, but kept it under control by exercising the “royal negative”(the power of absolute veto over parliamentary legislation.) The Queen had the power to interfere on elections of the Commons’ speaker to make sure that the person elected for that positions would be reliable and support the Crown’s government.
  • When parliament taxation didn’t fund the queen’s military expenditures, she would resort to selling land and legal schemes. She also had the power to send soldiers and others to the new world to colonies it, even though she didn’t get to during her reign.
  • She defeated the Spanish Armada (Philip II) even though England was considered to be a second rate sea power, and the Spanish were a mighty power. This victory is often known as one of the greatest military victories in all of England’s history.
  • The Act of Supremacy made Queen Elizabeth I "Supreme Governor" of the Church of England. The Act of Uniformity was the biggest part of the Elizabethan Church, establishing a set form of worship. Church attendance on Sundays and holy days was made mandatory, with a twelve cent fine to be collected if people did not attend, the money was given to the poor.
  • She refused the proposal from Philip II, which resulted in a divide between England and Spain. After winning the Spanish Armada she was respectfully known as “The Virgin Queen”
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