Elizabeth I (1533-1603) (3/5)

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There is a good reason that the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (the Elizabethan Age) is hailed fondly by historians as a Golden Age for Britain. During her reign, she presided over the religious unification of a fractured, divided England, defeating the fearsome Spanish Armada in 1588, and also responsible for overseeing the exploration and early colonisation of the New World. Credited with modernising many aspects of the monarchy, ‘Good Queen Bess’ as she was known by her subjects died having never married, leaving her nearest royal relative, James VI of Scotland to take the English throne.

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