Born in 1533 and crowned Queen of England in 1559 in Westminster Abbey upon death of her half-sister Mary. Mary always suspected Elizabeth of conspiracy and had her imprisoned in the Tower Of London where she would no longer be a threat. Her incarceration made her a "survivor" and prepared her for the difficulties that lie ahead. Her father would have been proud of her as he had thought only males were strong enough to rule during difficult times…that women were too weak to handle national problems. When Elizabeth became Queen, England was in bad shape. Catholics had been massacred under one monarch and Protestants under another. The Treasury was broke; Calais, Englands last foothold on the continent, was lost. Scotland and Ireland maintained strong militaries and enjoyed financial ties with France….all would be collectively were against England. Many doubted the legitimacy of Elizabeth’s right to the throne as her mother, Anne Boleyn, was pregnant with her before she married Henry V111 and the marriage itself was not recognized by the church as the wedding was held in secrecy; the church recognized Henry as still married to Catherine, his first wife. Thus, Elizabeth could have been thought of as illigitimate which would make her ineligible for the line of succession to the throne. Elizabeth served her country well and was both popular with the people and became a proven strong leader. Under her stewardship, the Spanish Armada was destroyed, Drake sailed around the world in the Golden Hind, and Sir Walter Raleigh made his first expedition to the South American contitnent. Fortunately for England she was a master politician (survival skills learned while in the Tower). She refused to back down when confronted by Parliament and used her talents in the best interest of the country. She "encouraged" Protestant Scottish businessmen to move to Northern Ireland (Ulster) to break the long-standing hold by the Catholic Church and establishing a strong presence for a Protestant England …something her father was unable to accomplish during his reign. She died at Richmond Palace (Surrey) on March 24, 1603 at the age of 70 after serving her country for 45 years. She is buried at Westminster Abbey.
HORSE BRASS: MONARCH COLLECTION: Elizabeth 1
Manufactured by ARMAC in England who have been creating quality brassware for over 75 years. Cast in pure first-run ingot brass with a high copper content for durability and beauty. Hand finished to remove any rough edges and polished to enhance its true beauty.