HERETIC QUEEN – QUEEN ELIZABETH I AND THE WARS OF RELIGION
Elizabeth’s 1558 coronation procession was met with an extravagant outpouring of love. Only twenty-five years old, the young queen saw herself as her country’s Protestant saviour, aiming to provide the nation with new hope, prosperity, and independence from foreign influence that had plagued her sister Mary’s reign. Given the scars of the Reformation, Elizabeth would need all the powers of diplomacy and tact she could summon.
Extravagant, witty, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the ultimate tyrant. Yet at the outset, in religious matters, she was unfathomably tolerant for her day. ‘There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith,’ Elizabeth once proclaimed. ‘All else is a dispute over trifles.’
Heretic Queen is the highly personal, untold story of how Queen Elizabeth I secured the future of England as a Protestant world power.