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March 4, 2015
England's Elizabeth I – A Tudor Queen Rocks a Man’s World
Elizabeth Tudor at 14
It’s Women’s History Month – a chance to revisit the lives
and work of outstanding figures I’ve written about: suffragists, war reporters,
and a queen, as well. Of them all, I’d
have to say that the queen, Elizabeth I of England, found herself in danger
more often than even the most intrepid of women reporters I researched for my book
Reporting Under Fire.
How much more
it was a man’s world in 1559, when Elizabeth Tudor followed her sister Mary as
England’s queen. Mary had had a husband, King Phillip II of Spain, but
Elizabeth never married. She referred to
herself as England’s “prince.” During her reign she was the target of many
plots to take over her throne. In a day when churchmen taught that women were
the sinful daughters of Eve, Elizabeth Tudor led both her country and her church.
minister roared that “God hath revealed to some in our age this it is more than
a monster in nature that a woman should reign and bear empire above man.” Still,
Elizabeth deftly positioned herself as Supreme Head of the Church of England.
She declared that God’s will had led her to the throne. By God’s grace, her
was linked to a mystical “body politic” that tied her to England’s
people and gave her the right to rule over men. Elizabeth did so for more than
Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Portrait
Elizabeth, England rose to new heights and its Golden Age. As the tiny nation
expanded its global influence, it also blossomed in the arts. The queen went
hawking, and she loved to dance. What was more, Elizabethans of all sorts
played games, including cards and dice.
One old engraving shows a group of well-dressed men playing a game of
cards. One popular game was Nine Men’s
Morris, a combination of checkers and tic-tac-toe. It’s a fun game to play, and easy to make
right at home. From Elizabeth I: The People’s Queen, Her Life & Times --