Why was Elizabeth I’s reign a “golden age”? Thank you

It depends how you look at it but I believe that it was. She achieved so much:

Becoming queen! – She had been made illegitimate by her father Henry VIII, when her mother was executed for treason and her life had been in the balance during Mary I’s reign when she was linked to uprising such as the rebellion of Thomas Wyatt the Younger.
Defeating the Spanish Aramada and her successful raids on the Spanish at Cadiz.
Following on from her father’s work on the navy and turning England into a strong and dominant naval power.
Defending England from Scotland and actually turning the Scots into a permanent ally.
Increasing literacy in England.
Expanding England overseas – Elizabeth I encouraged explorers like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Sir John Hawkins and others, to discover new places and form colonies.
Founding the Church of England, as we know it today.
Raising the status of England abroad.
Surviving and defeating plots and uprisings against her – These included the Essex rebellion, uprisings in Ireland and the famous Babington plot.
Helping the poor – Her Poor Laws gave support to those in poverty.
Ruling England in her own right as Queen without a consort.
The promotion of the Arts – Her love of arts led to theatres being built and great poets and playwrights like Shakespeare, Spenser and Marlow emerging.


6 thoughts on “Why was Elizabeth I’s reign a “golden age”? Thank you”

  1. Lauren Graham says:

    I am always so overwhelmed when I think about Elizabeth I, how our Anne gave birth to such a formidable, impressive woman who rose above the tumult and instability of her early life to become a queen who ruled in her own right and ushered in a Golden Age. Anne’s life ended in such an unfair and tragic manner that I get choked up thinking that her daughter, Anne’s blood defeated all odds and became a more influential and effective ruler than her brother, the longed-for male heir her mother was murdered for failing to provide. Incredible!

    1. meesha says:

      how was she a golden age is it because she lived the longest age death

  2. Brooke Norris says:

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  3. Eva says:

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  4. Jodie says:

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