Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

The Battle for the Throne
Episode 1  |  SBS  |  December 3, 2018

She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. Her father, Henry VIII, was disappointed she was not a son and had her mother Anne Boleyn beheaded. Her sister, Mary Tudor, was hours away from executing her. Her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, tried to have her assassinated. Her thwarted lover, King Philip of Spain, sent agents to kill her and launched an Armada against her. The favourite of her old age, the dashing Earl of Essex, led a rebellion to topple her. None of them succeeded and two of them lost their heads but Elizabeth never knew a moment's peace. We see her first as a young princess fighting for survival. Then as the newly crowned Queen juggling lovers and combating conspiracies. And finally as the mature queen who vanquishes her enemies at home and abroad. Historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones lead us through this heady tale of jealousy, treachery, ambition and tragedy in the key clashes that shaped the greatest queen.

She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. Her father, Henry VIII, was disappointed she was not a son and had her mother Anne Boleyn beheaded. Her sister, Mary Tudor, was hours away from executing her. Her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, tried to have her assassinated. Her thwarted lover, King Philip of Spain, sent agents to kill her and launched an Armada against her. The favourite of her old age, the dashing Earl of Essex, led a rebellion to topple her. None of them succeeded and two of them lost their heads but Elizabeth never knew a moment's peace. We see her first as a young princess fighting for survival. Then as the newly crowned Queen juggling lovers and combating conspiracies. And finally as the mature queen who vanquishes her enemies at home and abroad. Historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones lead us through this heady tale of jealousy, treachery, ambition and tragedy in the key clashes that shaped the greatest queen.

She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. In this episode, we see Elizabeth I crowned and battling to keep her crown and country together through 25 turbulent years. Although Elizabeth I would become one of Britain's most remarkable monarchs, her reign was never secure. From the moment she was anointed queen her enemies at home and abroad began to move against her. To foreign rivals she was a heretic and a bastard. At home her government was desperate to marry her off, to a man who could rule and provide the nation with an heir. Up in Scotland, her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots had married and given birth to a boy - and rumour swirled that she was set to steal Elizabeth's crown. Soon, shocking scandals of adultery and murder swamped Mary, her marriage crumbled, and she fled to England desperate for her cousin's protection. But her claim to the English throne made her a threat to Elizabeth who had no choice but to imprison her. For 18 years Mary languished in jail while Elizabeth's enemies wanted her dead. It wasn't until Elizabeth's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham had concrete proof that her life and her throne were at risk, that Elizabeth reluctantly put her cousin to death. But, just as she feared, Mary's execution inflamed her enemies and triggered the greatest threat of all: invasion.

Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

History

Years 9-10, 11-12 History
44:58
She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. In this episode, we see Elizabeth I crowned and battling to keep her crown and country together through 25 turbulent years. Although Elizabeth I would become one of Britain's most remarkable monarchs, her reign was never secure. From the moment she was anointed queen her enemies at home and abroad began to move against her. To foreign rivals she was a heretic and a bastard. At home her government was desperate to marry her off, to a man who could rule and provide the nation with an heir. Up in Scotland, her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots had married and given birth to a boy - and rumour swirled that she was set to steal Elizabeth's crown. Soon, shocking scandals of adultery and murder swamped Mary, her marriage crumbled, and she fled to England desperate for her cousin's protection. But her claim to the English throne made her a threat to Elizabeth who had no choice but to imprison her. For 18 years Mary languished in jail while Elizabeth's enemies wanted her dead. It wasn't until Elizabeth's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham had concrete proof that her life and her throne were at risk, that Elizabeth reluctantly put her cousin to death. But, just as she feared, Mary's execution inflamed her enemies and triggered the greatest threat of all: invasion.
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