How glorious was Gloriana? Elizabeth I and her historians

Annual Conference 2013 Podcast

By Professor Jackie Eales, published 5th June 2013

Presidential Lecture from the Historical Association 2013 Annual Conference - Podcast

Professor Jackie Eales  - President of the HA and Professor of Early Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University

Elizabeth I's spin doctors created a lasting image of her as Gloriana and when she died her reign was lauded as a golden age of peace and prosperity. Later historians have, however, drawn attention to her apparent failings as an indecisive and difficult woman, and even to her subjects' discontents with female rule. Just how glorious then was the Virgin Queen?

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