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FOREIGN POLICY TIMELINE
1542> Henry VIII declares himself King of Ireland by an act of Parliament. (Crown of Ireland Act)

1558> Death of Mary I, Cecil is appointed Secretary of State.

1559> Death of Henry II of France, ascension of Francis II and Mary QOS, Rebellion of the Lords of…

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1577> Perpetual Edict: the Spanish temporarily withdrew their military presence in the
Netherlands.

1578> Parma's victory at the Battle of Gembloux.

1579> Fitzmaurice and Sander landed in Smerwick, triggering uprisings in Ireland,
Alencon/Elizabeth marriage negotiations.

1580> Azores expeditions funded by Elizabeth in support of Don Antonio; Spanish gain of Portugal…

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