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Ch 17: History of the Elizabethan Era

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For an overview of Elizabethan Era history, check out these engaging study guide resources. These bite-sized lessons can help you get ready for history exams, bring up your grades and improve your knowledge of the time period.

History of the Elizabethan Era - Chapter Summary

To learn or review the history of the Elizabethan era, look no further than this collection of simple and engaging video lessons. Our expert instructors break down the most important historical events and figures of the time period, including Queen Elizabeth I, the Spanish Armada, the 30 Years War and much more. You'll also review the histories of various countries, regions and dynasties throughout this era, as well as the religious warfare that spread across Europe. These lessons are designed to help you:

  • Assess the religious differences between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth
  • Describe England's Golden Age under Queen Elizabeth I
  • Summarize the 30 Years War, 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada
  • Explain the religious warfare that occurred throughout Europe during the time period
  • Outline the history of The Netherlands, Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Dynasty and the House of Bourbon during the Reformation
  • Understand details regarding the Peace of Augsburg and Westphalia

Following each lesson is a short practice quiz to help you check your understanding of the material. You can study the chapter at your own pace by taking it in sequence, or by jumping to specific topics on your course Dashboard. Interactive video timelines help you quickly find the information you need and the included lesson transcripts enable you to study offline. Finally, you can easily access the chapter on any computer or mobile device and study at any time of day or night.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: History of the Elizabethan Era
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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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