Elizabeth I

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

Finding the middle way? As a princess, Elizabeth was sent to the Tower of London by her half-sister, Queen Mary I. In 1559, Elizabeth returned under very different circumstances for her coronation.

Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence in order to reflect whether the Tower of London can be used as a barometer of national turmoil through succession crises, assassination plots and religious unrest of this complex queen.

Learning objectives
Students will:

  • Use the physical remains of the Tower to illuminate causes and consequences political and religious turmoil of the Elizabethan age.
  • Evaluate the impact of Elizabeth’s reign on society and whether it was a ‘Golden Age’ for her subjects.

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, 1580-1603


  • 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, Tuesday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£12.58 per pupil. If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group. 

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