Elizabeth's path to becoming Queen of England wasn't easy. Usually, the successor to the English throne is the oldest male descendent of the reigning monarch. If there are no males, it goes to the oldest female descendent. 's first wife was Catherine of Aragon, who gave birth to a girl called Mary. This would make Mary the heir to the throne. Elizabeth was born to 's second wife, Anne Boleyn, but Henry had a son to his third wife, Jane Seymour, who they called Edward. This would make Edward heir to the throne, with Mary second in line and Elizabeth third in line. Edward became Kind Edward VI when Henry died in 1547. However, Edward died in 1553 and despite attempting to name his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, as his successor, Mary took over as Queen Mary I after Lady Jane Grey reigned for only 9 days (all of which she spent in the Tower of London). Queen Mary I died on 17th November 1558 and as she had no children, Elizabeth took the throne of England, and became Queen Elizabeth I from that date.
Queen of Scotland from 1542-1567 and queen consort of France from 1559-1560, Mary's complicated personal life and political immaturity eventually led to her execution by Elizabeth I.
Next students will view Kenneth Branagh's and Trevor Nunn's . Students will be provided with character names and descriptions and a brief plot summary so that they can follow along and keep track of the characters. Upon the completion of both movies, students will be given copies of scenes depicting Rosalind/Ganymede and Viola/Cesario. They will use these scenes and their knowledge from the films to complete a Venn diagram on the four characters. Students will need to list individual traits of each of the four characters and the note the similarities between Rosalind and Viola, Rosalind and Ganymede, Ganymede and Cesario, and Viola and Cesario. In the center students will mark the similarities of all four characters. After this introductory activity, students will participate in a Socratic Seminar concerning the two plays. Questions to be asked include: Disguises are central to the plot of and ; how is this thematically important? How is love depicted in the plays? What points does Shakespeare seem to be making about romance? Discuss the role of mistaken identity in What do these mix-ups signify? What kinds of love are the marriages at the end of the plays based on? Explain whether each marriage will flourish or fail and why. In Viola's soliloquy in Act 2, scene 2, lines 17-41 she claims that her problems can be blamed on women's weakness. What are women's weaknesses (to Viola)? Both Viola and Rosalind's "problems" could be resolved by their shedding of their disguises. Why do they take so long to do this? and are romantic comedies, and love is the primary focus. Why do you think each of the characters falls in love? Was it because of the situation, because of personality, or because of appearance? Support your argument with evidence from the play. Gender ambiguity in Shakespeare is a prominent topic of discussion. Why do Viola and Rosalind disguise themselves as boys? What does their behavior suggest about gender? Do the plays suggest that concepts of gender are static or fluid? How are women thought of and treated in these plays? Are women treated differently today? How so? Transformation is a common theme in these plays; based on the texts and films, which characters do you believe experienced the greatest transformation and why? Which characters could be models of Elizabeth? What might Shakespeare be saying about Elizabeth by having female heroes drive his plot?
Prior to reading any Shakespeare or Spenser the class and I will have a brief introductory discussion about what we know about Elizabeth I and 16th century England. Students will also read the introduction to Elizabethan literature in their textbooks. We will then watch Shekhar Kapur's movie to give the students historical context and background knowledge of the time. Students will also be asked to read the introduction to Alison Weir's biography, This excerpt will be copied for them and gives a brief history of Elizabeth's reign and an excellent description of life at the time. Students will also begin a KWL (what do you know, what do you want to know, what did you learn) chart for the unit.
31/08/2017 · How to Write an Essay Introduction
Elizabeth I reigned as Queen of England from 17th November 1558 to 24th March 1603. Her reign is sometimes known as the Elizabethan Age, and was the era of William Shakespeare's plays, Sir Frances Drake's trips to America, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
25/02/2011 · Research Paper on Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth I And Louis XIV
You will find two PDF files in this folder, Louis XIV and Elizabeth I. Use the materials in one or both PDFs, depending on which questions you choose.
1. Focus on the sources related to one monarch (choose one PDF). Consider both the type of government of that monarch (explained in lecture on 10/24 and 10/28 and in the readings associated with those days) and the style of governing of the monarch. What is the monarch’s approach to governing?
Hint: It is easy to say what kind of monarchy the person headed. This question asks you to go beyond that and consider how the ruler, in these sources, made him- or herself fit perfectly into that system of monarchy.
2. Using at least three documents from EACH of the PDFs (six total; you may use more), compare the approach to rule of Elizabeth I and Louis XIV. How were they similar or different? You will need to focus your answer and draw on appropriate documents from those provided.
Hint: One approach might be to consider how the monarchs interacted with their subjects and tied their subjects to them.
Queen Elizabeth Rhetorical Analysis Essay Notes
Queen Elizabeth I has been portrayed more often in film and on television than any other British monarch. Amongst the actresses (and actor!) who have played her are Sarah Bernhardt in Les Amours de la Reine Elisabeth, a French silent film from 1912 and the first screen portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I; Bette Davis who played Elizabeth twice, first in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex from 1939 and again in The Virgin Queen from 1955; Jean Simmons in Young Bess from 1953, Glenda Jackson in the BBC television series Elizabeth R in 1971, Quentin Crisp in Orlando in 1992, Cate Blanchett twice in Elizabeth in 1998 and again in Elizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007, Judie Dench in Shakespeare in Love in 1998 and Helen Mirren in the TV mini-series Elizabeth I in 2005. Time-travelling time lord, Doctor Who, has also bumped in Queen Elizabeth I in episodes from 1965 and 2007.