Elizabeth I

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About this session

Key Stage 4 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

A weak and feeble woman? In this session, students will use a range of physical and documentary evidence to explore how Elizabeth I used Hampton Court Palace to create and consolidate her presentations of power, identity and legacy.

Students will analyse key events and challenges in Elizabethan life, including the succession crisis of 1562, the impact of a female ruler on the Tudor Court and the use of Hampton Court to create the image of the invincible queen of the ‘Golden Age’.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Analyse key events which took place at Hampton Court to reflect wider issues faced by Elizabeth’s rule including succession and marriage.
  • Evaluate the impact of Elizabeth’s reign, particularly as a female ruler, on court, government and wider society.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of Elizabeth I’s reign, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603.


  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.


  • Component group 1: British Depth study The Elizabethans, 1558-1603.


  • Component 1: British study in depth 1B. The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603.


  • Unit 1: Studies in Depth - Wales and the wider perspective 1A. The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603.


Booking information

Monday and Thursday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£105 plus admission

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