How successful was Elizabeth I with beggars and th
In some ways, we can say she was a success because:
- Elizabeth introduced the 1601 Poor Law that sorted out the problems- it punished the beggars who fake disabilities or were just lazy.
- Each Parish was responsible for dealing with their ‘deserving poor’.
- An enormous problem that Elizabeth I did well to make progress with.
However, in other ways she was a failure because:
- Elizabeth’s ‘new’ law was nothing new - many felt it wasn’t harsh enough.
- Elizabeth didn’t solve the problem –and her policy was unfair making a whole city responsible for looking after lazy and faking people!
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How successful was Elizabeth I with Mary Queen of
- Had the courage to deal with the problem.
- Didn’t just execute her – carefully waited until there was evidence against her, and only then put her to death.
- Mary Queen of Scots threatened Elizabeth as she was the focus of Catholic Plots. Elizabeth stopped this!
- Elizabeth unfairly executed MQS – the evidence probably never existed.
- Elizabeth only executed Mary as the religious settlement was a failure – it was therefore Elizabeth’s mistake.
- Mary was never really any threat! It was only because Elizabeth had never bothered to get married (another mistake).
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How successful was Elizabeth I with Philip II and
- Fantastic success with the Spanish Armada .
- Phillip never managed to defeat Elizabeth, and England was made safe and secure from the Spanish threat.
- England under Elizabeth never gave into Spain – success.
- Elizabeth was just lucky!
- She never sorted out the religious problems – a better Queen would have done this and avoided all the expense of the Armada.
- The armada failed because of the weather and poor planning on Philip’s behalf.
- Spain was always a threat to England – this should have been avoided!
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How Successful was Elizabeth I with Religion?
- Largely avoided trouble – she attempted to offer a fair balance.
- Very clever policy – meaning both Catholics and Protestants supported her.
- Stopped the ever changing nature of Tudor Religion.
- She constantly faced danger and problems due to her religious solution (e.g Armada, MQS).
- Her policy meant that those who strongly believed in their religion (eg. Puritans) were dangerous.
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