Ch 3: The Elizabethan Era in Europe

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Watch video lessons to learn about England's Golden Age and the impact of the Protestant Reformation on Europe during the Elizabethan era. You can verify your understanding of the chapter material by taking self-assessment quizzes after each lesson.

The Elizabethan Era in Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There have been two queens in England named Elizabeth, and this chapter focuses on the reign of the first of the pair. Referred to as the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I ruled from 1558 to 1603 during what is considered by historians as England's Golden Age. The lessons in this chapter will explore how she came to power and the multifaceted progress made during this time. You'll also learn about some of the important conflicts that affected other European countries during the Elizabethan Era. By studying these lessons, you'll get details on topics like:

  • What caused conflict between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth
  • What scientific, artistic and economic achievements were made during the era
  • How religious warfare during the Reformation impacted Europe
  • What factors contributed to the 80 Years War
  • Why the Reformation did not have a major impact on Eastern Europe

VideoObjective
Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. AnglicanExamine the religious context of the conflict between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I.
Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden AgeExplore the economic growth, scientific discoveries and popularity of theatre during Elizabeth's reign.
Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and WorksFind out what's known about William Shakespeare's life and get an overview of his work.
Religious Warfare Across Europe During the ReformationLearn about the Protestant Reformation and its role in several European conflicts.
The Netherlands During the ReformationExplore the religious and political effects of the Reformation on the Netherlands.
The 80 Years War and the Spanish ArmadaStudy the causes of and leaders involved in the 80 Years War between the Dutch and Spanish.
The History of the House of Bourbon in the ReformationDiscover the impact of the Reformation on France and the involvement of the ruling House of Bourbon.
The Habsburg Dynasty in the ReformationSee how the Reformation contributed to the decline of the Habsburg Dynasty.
Eastern Europe During the ReformationFind out why the Protestant Reformation did not make a lasting impact on Eastern Europe.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Elizabethan Era in Europe
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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.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

3. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

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.

The History of the House of Bourbon in the Reformation

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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