By the time Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at the age of 25, she had already lived through her mother’s execution, four step-mothers and her own imprisonment. Known as the Virgin Queen, she never married, despite warnings from her advisors that she would not succeed without a husband. Elizabeth’s 44-year reign proved them wrong. Carole Levin discusses how this sixteenth-century woman successfully ruled alone during a time of religious strife and foreign threats.
Carole Levin is Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska and currently a Fulbright Scholar attached to the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York. She has published a number of books on Elizabeth's reign, including The Heart and Stomach of a King (1994) and The Reign of Elizabeth I (2002).