Her wedding band, Elizabeth was married to England for 45 years. Mary, Queen of Scots, was her lifetime Nemesis. The two women, their lives and their struggle for the crown of England, are the subject of the 7th episode of the A history of Britain-series.
Elizabeth, the virgin-Queen, played and important role in the stabilization of religious and political turmoil in the country. As a ruler of the wrong sex, it was a difficult path Elizabeth had to take. Although there is still some debate among historians on the impact of her reign, it’s clear that her reign was pivotal in this turbulent era.