Edexcel GCSE History: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

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B4 Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

In this module, students will cover the following topics in line with the Edexcel specifications booklet. Detailed information for the module can be found on page 24-25.

Topics include:

Key topic 1: Queen, government and religion, 1558–69

  • The situation on Elizabeth’s accession
  • The ‘settlement’ of religion
  • Challenge to the religious settlement
  • The problem of Mary, Queen of Scots

Key topic 2: Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569-88

  • Plots and revolts at home
  • Relations with Spain
  • Outbreak of war with Spain, 1585-88
  • The Armada

Key topic 3: Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88

  • Education and leisure
  • The problem of the poor
  • Exploration and voyages of discovery
  • Raleigh and Virginia

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