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Elizabeth I, the Succession and Foreign Policy

Adams, Simon (2003) Elizabeth I, the Succession and Foreign Policy. History Today, 53 (5). pp. 42-48. ISSN 0018-2753

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Abstract

Part of a special section on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The writer examines the close links between Elizabeth's ascendancy, reign, and subsequent relationships with the states of Europe. Elizabeth had a coherent foreign policy, shaped by the unusual circumstances of her reign. These were less to do with her gender--a much-exaggerated subject--than her questionable legitimacy and the coincidence that the leading members of the wider Tudor royal family were Scots. For example, until her death in 1587, Mary Stuart was the focus around which Elizabeth's foreign policy revolved. Mary was Dauphine and, after July 1559, Queen of France, and the threat of her rival claim to the English throne was the decisive motive for Elizabeth's interventions in Scotland in 1560 and France in 1562.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1557
Keywords: Kings and rulers, Succession, Foreign relations, History, Reformation England, 16th century, Elizabeth I, Religion and politics, Monarchy, Mary, Queen of Scots, Medieval History, Great Britain, History
Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General) > Medieval History
History General and Old World > Great Britain
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2006
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 11:17
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557

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