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Ch 14: The Elizabethan Era

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Watch online video lessons to learn about England's Golden Age, the Protestant Reformation, the 80 Years' War and more. These lessons use fun and engaging animations and graphics to help you retain the info quickly.

The Elizabethan Era - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In this chapter, experienced instructors help you explore the historical period in Europe corresponding with Queen Elizabeth's reign. Take advantage of their expertise to examine a time in which religious fervor was often followed by the desire for political independence, especially in territories where growing Protestant movements clashed with state religions. Topics of discussion cover the resulting warfare and political alliances in countries including Spain, France and the Netherlands. You can also learn how their outcomes changed the face of Europe with lessons on the following topics:

  • The accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth's reign
  • The rise of Lutheran and Calvinist movements
  • Religious wars occurring during the Reformation
  • Causes of the Holy Roman Empire's decline

Video Objectives
Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican Examine the religious and political conflicts that played out during these two queens' struggle for power.
Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age Learn about England's economic, artistic and scientific accomplishments during Queen Elizabeth's reign.
The 30 Years' War: Catholics vs. Protestants Explore causes of this political and religious war between Catholics and Protestants. Follow its three phases and eventual resolution in the Peace of Westphalia.
Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation Examine the spread of religious warfare in Europe, beginning with the German Peasant's Revolt and culminating in the 30 Years' War.
The Netherlands During the Reformation Find out how the Netherlands' desire for religious and political freedom led to the outbreak of war.
The 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada Study the defeat of the Spanish Armada at the hands of England and its Dutch allies.
Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire Summarize the Holy Roman Empire's decline and the rise of states' sovereignty.
The History of the House of Bourbon in the Reformation Identify the part the Bourbon dynasty played both during and after the French Wars of Religion.
The Habsburg Dynasty in the Reformation Follow the Habsburg emperors' efforts to squash Protestantism in Spain and other territories controlled by the Holy Roman Empire.
Eastern Europe During the Reformation Survey Reformation and Counter-Reformation movements taking place in Hungary and Poland.

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: The Elizabethan Era
Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

1. Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

This lesson will explain the conflict between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England that eventually led to Mary's execution. It will also highlight the conflict between Catholicism and Protestant England.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

2. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

3. The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

This lesson will explore the reasons for the 30 Years' War. It will highlight the different phases of the war while also explaining why most of Europe took up battle against the Holy Roman Empire and the Hapsburg Dynasty.

Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

4. Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

This lesson will explain the different wars which waged across Europe during the Reformation. It will begin with the German Peasants' Revolt and continue through the 30 Years' War, ending with the Peace of Westphalia.

The Netherlands During the Reformation

5. The Netherlands During the Reformation

This lesson will focus on the Protestant Reformation and its effect on the Netherlands. It will highlight the role Protestantism, especially in the form of Calvinism, played in the Netherlands' fight for freedom from Catholic Spain.

The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

6. The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

This lesson will explain the relationship between the 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada. It will focus on the Netherlands' struggle for independence from Spain while also describing the role England played in the conflict.

Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

7. Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

This lesson focuses on the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation. As it highlights the Peace of Augsburg and the Peace of Westphalia, it will illustrate the rise of state power, and the decline of the empire.

The History of the House of Bourbon in the Reformation

8. The History of the House of Bourbon in the Reformation

This lesson will explain the effects and events of the Protestant Reformation within France. It will discuss the dealings of the French Protestants, known as Huguenots, with the royal House of Bourbon.

The Habsburg Dynasty in the Reformation

9. The Habsburg Dynasty in the Reformation

This lesson focuses on the Habsburg Dynasty during the Reformation. It will highlight the dealings of the Holy Roman Emperors with Protestantism, while also explaining the Reformation's effect on Spain.

Eastern Europe During the Reformation

10. Eastern Europe During the Reformation

This lesson will focus on the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation within Eastern Europe. As it highlights Hungary and Poland, it will explore the reasons why the Reformation did not last within these countries.

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