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 was speaking to HistoryExtra digital editorial assistant Rachel Dinning at BBC History Magazine‘s History Weekend 2017