The defeat of the Armada in 1588 helped to cement Elizabeth’s reputation at the time as one of the nation’s greatest ever monarchs
When Elizabeth became queen of England in 1558, she inherited a kingdom facing severe problems. The country was in turmoil after the rule of her Catholic sister, Mary I, and Elizabeth’s most immediate issue was to resolve the religious conflict that threatened to plunge the kingdom into civil war. The Elizabethan religious settlement ended the Henrician Reformation and established the Anglican Church on a firm footing.
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