Introduction: Elizabeth – myth and reality
SECTION 1 What sort of monarch did Elizabeth promise to be?
1 How did Elizabeth's early life shape her character?
2 What was expected of Elizabeth in 1558?
3 What choices did Elizabeth face in 1558?
4 What sort of monarchy did Elizabeth create?
SECTION 2 Was Elizabeth in control of government?
5 How did central government work?
6 Was Elizabeth in control of her Privy Council?
7 How effective was Parliament's opposition to Elizabethan government?
8 How did Elizabeth control the royal finances?
9 How did Elizabeth control local government?
10 Was Ireland governed successfully?
11 Review: Was Elizabeth in control of government?
SECTION 3 Did Elizabeth's government bring prosperity to her people?
12 What was Elizabethan England like?
13 Were people in the countryside prospering?
14 Were people in towns prospering?
15 Review: Did Elizabeth's government bring prosperity to her people?
SECTION 4 How far did religion affect stability at home?
16 What problems did the Religious Settlement of 1559–63 solve?
17 What problems did the Religious Settlement cause, 1559–72?
18 Was Mary, Queen of Scots, a major threat?
19 Why were the Catholics penalised?
20 Were the Puritans really a danger?
21 Review: How far did religion affect stability at home?
SECTION 5 How far did religion affect relations with foreign powers?
22 What were Elizabeth's foreign policy priorities, 1560–72?
23 What were the aims of English foreign policy, 1572–84?
24 To what extent did England's financial resources influence foreign policy?
25 How successfully did Elizabeth conduct the war against Spain after 1585?
26 Review: How far did religion affect relations with foreign powers?
SECTION 6 To what extent can the reign of Elizabeth be described as a cultural Golden Age/
27 Why has Elizabeth's reign been described as a Golden Age?
28 What caused the Elizabethan Golden Age?
29 What was Elizabeth's contribution to the Golden Age?
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