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Elizabeth Module 2: Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569-88

In this module you will revise;


  1. Plots and revolts at home (the reasons for, events, and significance of the Revolt of the Northern Earls, The features and significance of the Ridolfi, Throckmorton and Babington plots - including Walsingham and his spy network and the reasons for, and significance of the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587)

  2. Relations with Spain until 1585 (political, religious and commercial rivalry - including The New World, the actions of the esteemed privateer, Drake, and the significance of these actions)

  3. Outbreak of war with Spain between 1585-88 (Direct English involvement in the Netherlands, including the role of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the singeing of the King of Spain’s beard (raid on Cadiz))

  4. The Spanish Armada of 1588 (The reasons for launching the Armada, invasion plans, delays, reasons for, and consequences of, the English victory)

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