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Queen Elizabeth & Her Explorers
Princess Elizabeth, a slender, athletic, extremely
intelligent young woman, recieved an ideal Rennaissance
education in Latin, Greek and modern languages, in history
and Scripture. As Henry VIII’s second eldest child, shunted
back to third in line for the throne by the complex politics
of the period, she also had a very practical education in
political intrigue - and the fine art of political survival.
She came in 1558 to the royal throne shaken by a decade of
misgovernment, religious fanaticism, and economic problems.
She proceeded to give England 45 years of strong government,
moderate religious policies, and unexplained prosperity.
Elizabeth was a prudent ruler. She avoided costly
wars, however, supported the war with Ireland. “The
creation of this English colony (Ireland) led to the
expansion of markets for English goods and the growth in