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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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    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
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      Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
      Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2006
      Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 13:02

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