Queen Elizabeth I Dbq Analysis

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Although for ages men and women have had conflicting roles. Men have primarily grasped higher positions of power in government and additionally within the church. From very early on women would not go against the given social structure. When Queen Elizabeth I took the throne in 1558 ( her reign from 1558-1603) she faced bias ways of many, the notion of a women leading their nation was unimaginable causing numerous people to question her capabilities as a ruler. Unlike other women, Queen Elizabeth discarded the negative perspective by being captivating to her subjects through compassion, but also by her asserting the power and dominance over her kingdom. Various people throughout England would not bear the idea of Queen Elizabeth taking the throne. It was trusted that a woman's place wasn’t in ruling a country or being head of the church simply because God reserved the right for men.John Knox…show more content…
He furthermore goes on to say “women are utterly forbidden to occupy the place of God in the offices aforesaid...”(Doc 1). In the House of Lords Nicholas Heath the archbishop of York goes onto say in a debate that the House of Lords felt that because Queen Elizabeth was a woman she shouldn’t hold office or title of the supreme head of the church of England. The House of Lords would then proceed to argue that “A woman in the degrees of Christ’s church is not called to be an apostle, nor evangelist, nor to be a shepherd, neither a doctor or preacher”. Therefor saying “What gave her [Queen Elizabeth] the right to rule (Doc 2). It is to be kept in mind that the House of Lords is a assembly of all men so it would be obvious to say that they are biased against women as a ruler. The Second Book of Homilies , Produced by bishops of the Church of England speaks about how “The husband ought to be the leader..” and that “for
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