Elizabethan Goverment

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Why was goverment needed? And when and why was it

To discuss:

  • Taxes
  • Legislation
  • Advice
  • Marriage&Succession
  • Catholic Threat

When&why was it called?

1559- Relgious settlement

1563 & 1567 - Marriage&succession, the church

1571- Religious settlement

1572,1576 & 1581 - Execution of Mary Q. Scott, social issues,freedom of speech, catholic laws

1584 & 1585 - Religion & freedom of speech

1586 & 1587 - Execition of Mary Q. Scotts

1589 - Legislation

1593 - Relgious Laws

1597 & 1598 - War taxes & social legislation

1601 - Monopolies & golden speech

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What was Haighs opinion of Elizabeth and her Gover

Opinon -

  • Sat on the fence
  • Influenced by others ie. Dealing with the Duke in 1569
  • Actress

Flaws -

  • Sexist / had old fashion opinions of female leaders
  • unreliable sources and lacked evidence
  • contradicts himself
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What was Dorans opinon of Elizabeth and her Goverm

  • Firm but felixable
  • Had her peoples best interests at heart
  • Popular for a reason
  • believed that sources used to judge Elizabeth were unreliable as they were sexist and biased
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8 facts about Elizabeths parliment?

Summoned only 13 times in her 46 year reign

There was poor attendance to parliment sessions so she introduced procedures to chasiste and fine absences.

10% of Mps spoke in sessions and only 47% voted

Taxation was the reason for 11/13 sessions

Elizabeth aimed for short sessions over money but local issues raised by induviduals held up goverment business

Mp's were vetted by the council

Parliment was under the control of councilers who used it to presure the Queen into agreeing to policies.

Elizabeth used carfully carfted speechs to control her parliment, they included charm, bullying, threats, praise and reminidng Mp's that they worked for her. She also threated and used arrest and veto.

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How did Elizabeth deal with oppersition in Parlime

Imprisonment e.g. White and Watson after a public dispute with protestants

Replacing - e.g. Bishops in 1559

Kept the House of Lords small (55)

Inforced e.g. they would only discuss what she improved, banned talking about marriage, religion anf foreign policy in 1576

Execution - e.g. Norfolk plotting against in 1571

Vito - e.g. Excluding Mary Q. Scotss from succession, prologing parliment 1571

Arrest - e.g. Wentworth Discussing bills outside of parliment

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Robert Dudley / Leicester

Family wanted Lady Jane Grey on the throne

School friend of Elizabeth

Military service against the French

Master of the Horse

Privy counciler

Made money through trade

Prevented Elizabeth marrying catholic archduke charles

Favoured for an agreement with Mary Q. Scotts

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Walter Raleigh

Tried to increase Protestantism in Irish churches

Colonised North America


Captain of the Queens Gaurds and Vice Admiral

Wealthy family

Never became of counciller due to marrying Elizabeths lady in waiting secretly

Nephew of Kate Ashley

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Francis Walsingham

Marian exile

Devoted protestant

Lord chancellor & secretary of state

Wealthy family

Wanted to interven with war in spain

Claimed to have heard of a plot to kill Elizabeth to get marry exiled

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Robert Devereux / Essex

Military service in the Netherlands

Queen liked his livley mind and elegance

Master of the Horse and Privy counciler

Only person allowed to import sweet wine

executed in 1601 for treason in the uprising

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Robert Cecil

Son of Burghley

Gained influence in court through his Father

Dealt with Ireland and financial issues

Lord high treasure, Lord privy seal & secretary of state

Wealth form monoplies and foriegn adventures

shares in military works

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Nephew of Bacon

Cheif Advisor

most powerful non royal in England and Wales

Impressed the Queen with his ability to hold alot of knowledge

Know elizabeth for a long time

Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries  & Lord treasure

Norfolk’s, disliked the fact that Cecil came from a ‘lesser’ family. The likes of the Earl of Leicester disliked the fact that Elizabeth could see no fault in him while the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, saw him as a rival for power

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Christopher Hatton

Lord chancellor

Elizabeths favourite

Knight of the Garter

Elizabeths spokesman

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