On November 17th, 1558, Elizabeth Tudor at the age of 25 years succeeded her half-sister Queen Mary, to the throne of England. Daughters to the exuberant King Henry VIII, Mary was brought up as Catholic and became known for her efforts to reverse the English Reformation, while Elizabeth, was raised as Protestant and lent wittiness and temper to her strong-willed personality. Nicknamed the "Virgin Queen" or "Good Queen Bess," Elizabeth the First reigned from 1558-1603; one of England's greatest monarch's, she refused to marry in order to protect the crown and maintain her authority, while the Pope refused to acknowledge her legitimacy as a ruler descended from Anne Boleyn, King Henry's second wife beheaded for treason. Despite division, the Elizabethan Age signified an illustrious period of religious tolerance, culture, and the arts, with England becoming a superpower in politics, as well as commerce. Elizabeth prompted discovery of the new world, supporting Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the world and Sir Walter Raleigh's voyages to North America. As an important era of study and research, we highlight select resources about the Elizabethan Age which has figured in the news and scholarship throughout the centuries.
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- For the Ladies: The Insipidity Of the Best English Society Women In the Elizabethan Era (1875, Jan 10). San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File)
- Bonner, J. (1895, Dec 01). Queen Elizabeth and Penelope Rich: A Picture Of Life and Manners In High Society In the Elizabethan Era. San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File)
- I. N. F. (1903, Apr 04). An Elizabethan Night: The Golden Era Of English History Celebrated. New - York Tribune (1900-1910)
- Jacobs, J. (1910, May 14). Literature Of the "Spacious Days": Authors Of the Elizabethan Era As Seen By the Writers Of the Cambridge History. New York Times (1857-1922)
- Abbott, S. (1921, Sep 04). Travels In Three Continents: Elizabethan Era Explained: Many Lands and Climes Described In Travel-Books. New - York Tribune (1911-1922) 10226
- Knowles, M. (1952, Feb 19). Present Elizabethan Era Finds Parallels In Past: Queen Inspires. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Huntington Library To Mark Elizabethan Era. (1958, Nov 16). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Cearley, A. (1991, Jun 06). For 7th-Graders, History Lesson Is a Noble Affair: Education: Students By Day Become Medieval Knights To Complete Their Study Of the Years 500 Through the 1500s. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Loar, R. (1996, May 18). Making Much Ado About the Elizabethan Era. Los Angeles Times (1996-Current)
- Kunkle, F. (2001, May 23). Folger Transports Youngsters To Elizabethan Era. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Bullen, A. H. Lyrics From the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age. London : Lawrence and Bullen, 1897
- Dowden, Edward. Shakespeare: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art. London, K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1906
- Hall, Hubert. Society in the Elizabethan Age. A classic work first published by S. Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co. in 1886 that presents the Darrell family and social life in the country, town, and court.
- Haweis, John Oliver Willyams. Sketches Of the Reformation and Elizabethan Age Taken From the Contemporary Pulpit. London, W. Pickering, 1844
- The Poets of the Elizabethan Age. New York, Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & co., 
- Sheavyn, Phoebe. The Literary Profession in the Elizabethan Age. Manchester : University Press, 1909.
- Elizabeth I in Coronation Robes, National Portrait Gallery, Courtesy of Wikimedia
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries
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