The Problems Facing Elizabeth in 1558 (Religious Divisions (The country…
The Problems Facing Elizabeth in 1558
The country was split between Catholics and Protestants.
Elizabeth was a Protestant.
The country had flipped between these religions before and there have also been rebellions where a monarch forces religion on people.
Church was important because people went to church every Sunday. meaning they would go to Heaven.
People believed that women were inferior to men in 1558, so they doubted Elizabeth's power.
People did not believe her legitimacy because Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage was 'not valid'
Choosing her Councillors
She needed trusty men.
If she chose wrong, she would've alienated the most powerful men into the country.
Challenges from Abroad
She inherited a war with France and was £100,000 in debt.
She chose not to go to war as she was in debt.
Scotland was ruled by Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth's cousin. Mary was married to the French King. There were French soldiers in Scotland. Scotland was Catholic.
France was at war with England and Spain.
Marriage and the Succession
She was expected to marry and produce an heir for the Tudor line but she wanted to choose the right person and not anger anyone.
She was £300,000 in debt.