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Elizabeth I
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of England and Ireland (Sep 7, 1533, London – Mar 24, 1603, London) was the second daughter of King Henry VIII and his wife Anne Boleyn, whom he had married without a formal annulment of his first marriage. In the eyes of the Catholic Church Elizabeth was therefore illegitimate and had no right to succeed to the throne. After the reformation under Edward VI and the Catholic reaction under Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I had to find a middle way of agreement in religious matters. In 1559 she brought in her so-called “settlement” of religion, which is still the basic law of the Church of En…

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Bray, Gerald, “Elizabeth I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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