Elizabeth I

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About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

A window into men’s souls? Queen Elizabeth I experienced the Tower of London as both prisoner and princess, but her most potent legacy comes from the physical memories created by those held on religious charges during her reign.

In this session students will analyse the evidence of the Tower buildings, Elizabeth’s own letters and other documentary sources.

Through the physical remains of prison and palace, students will evaluate how far the Tower of London reflects a state national turmoil through succession crises, assassination plots and religious unrest during the apparent ‘Golden Age’ of this complex queen.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of Elizabeth I’s reign, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603.


  • Paper 1, Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: Authority, nation and religion.
  • Paper 3, Option 31: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.


  • Unit 1 Y107 England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558).


  • Unit 1 (AS): Option 1: Government, Rebellion and Society In Wales and England C.1485-1603
  • Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.


Booking information

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£12.58 per student.

If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group. 

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