Queen Elizabeth was the target of multiple conspiracies, occasionally a co-conspirator herself, and a loving matriarch to a large family. As a princess, she attended many different iterations the English court and as monarch entertained royalty from abroad. While most historians break Elizabeth’s reign into two parts, this deep dive into her fascinating life will take a three-pronged approach: her early years, eventual accession to the Tudor throne, and the challenge to her rule based on gender in the midst of religious conflict; the troublesome Mary Queen of Scots as the lead up to the Spanish Armada, and the aftershocks; and her later years including the Essex Rebellion, the flourishing of the arts, and the uncertainty over the succession. With family as the fundamental political unit, new perspectives on this fascinating monarch emerge.
This is the last of a three-session class. $45 for the series. For more information and registration, please see Renesan.org