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Lessons in this unit

Lesson 1

Why did Elizabeth’s background and character impact on her early reign?

Lesson 2

How was Elizabethan society structured and what challenges did it pose?

Lesson 3

How was Elizabethan government structured and what challenges did it pose?

Lesson 4

How bad were Elizabeth's financial problems?

Lesson 5

What challenges did Elizabeth face from abroad?

Lesson 6

Explore the enquiry: How challenging were Elizabeth's early years?

Lesson 7

Why did the different religious groups concern Elizabeth?

Lesson 8

How did Elizabeth's settlement try to deal with the religious problems?

Lesson 9

How difficult was the settlement to enforce?

Lesson 10

To what extent did Puritans and Catholics challenge the religious settlement?

Lesson 11

How did the key foreign powers react to the settlement?

Lesson 12

Why was Mary, Queen of Scots a problem?

Lesson 13

Judgement lesson on the enquiries

Lesson 14

What made the Northern Earls Revolt in 1569?

Lesson 15

How significant a threat did the Revolt of the Northern Earls pose to Elizabeth?

Lesson 16

How threatening were Catholic plots after 1570?

Lesson 17

Why was Mary Queen of Scots executed in 1587?

Lesson 18

How did developments in the New World contribute to the breakdown of relations between England and Spain?

Lesson 19

Why did Elizabeth's relationship with Spain deteriorate due to political challenges?

Lesson 20

How did Elizabeth's direct action provoke all-out war with Spain?

Lesson 21

Why was the Spanish Armada defeated in 1588?

Lesson 22

Explore the enquiries

Lesson 23

How were people educated in Elizabethan society?

Lesson 24

How did people's leisure time change during the Elizabethan period?

Lesson 25

Why did poverty and vagabondage increase in Elizabethan England?

Lesson 26

How well did Elizabeth deal with the problems of the poor?

Lesson 27

What drove Elizabethans to explore the New World?

Lesson 28

Why did the English want to colonise Virginia and how did Raleigh organise the project?

Lesson 29

What was the impact of the colonisation of Virginia and why did it fail?

Lesson 30

This lessons reviews Exploration and asks students to reach judgement about the success of it. The lesson then reviews more broadly how far Elizabeth met the challenge of her reign by looking over a number of central aspects that we have considered and then reaching an overall judgement as to how far Elizabeth did 'Meet the challenge' as per the overall title of the Elizabethan unit.