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How did Elizabeth I feel about being queen in a 'man's world'? | Tracy Borman explains

How did Elizabeth I navigate her role as queen in what might be considered a 'man's world'? Historian Tracy Borman explains – in less than 60 seconds...

Elizabeth I knights Francis Drake on his ship Golden Hind after his round-the-world voyage. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Published: September 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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Elizabeth I was never meant to be queen; she was born during a time when the succession favoured male heirs and also had an older sister, Mary Tudor.


She was nonetheless crowned on 15 January 1559 at Westminster Abbey, ushering in half a century of relative stability after the turmoil of her siblings’ short reigns.

But how did Elizabeth navigate being a female ruler in what might be described as a 'man's world'?

Historian Tracy Borman explains how England's 'Gloriana' felt about her role as queen...


This series of videos is designed to be bitesized, offering introductory information for between 1-2 minutes.


Tracy Borman
Tracy BormanAuthor, historian, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces

Tracy Borman is a best-selling author and historian, specialising in the Tudor period. She works part-time as joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and as Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust.


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