Elizabeth I

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About this session

Key Stage 4 | 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, Queen Elizabeth I 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 and Friday 
10.30, 13.00
90 mins
Up to 35 students
£105 plus admission 

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