Southwark in Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth I
7th September 1533 – 24th March 1603
Her rule saw England expand its overseas trade and exploration with pioneering figures such as Francis Drake, Martin Frobisher, Thomas Cavendish and Walter Raleigh establishing new trade routes and conducting commercial ventures for the Crown. It was also a time of great achievement in the arts, an English Renaissance, particularly in theatre and poetry where the likes of Marlowe, Spenser and Shakespeare flourished.
I may have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm.
Elizabeth Tudor (Queen of England & Ireland 1558-1603) speaking
The greatest threat to Elizabeth's throne came from King Philip II of Spain, a Catholic monarch who considered Protestant Elizabeth unfit to rule. In 1588 Philip sent a great fleet, an armada, of Spanish ships to England on a holy mission to conquer the country and return it to the Catholic faith. They were famously defeated by the defending English fleet, partly commanded by Sir Francis Drake. Prior to the encounter Elizabeth made clear her opinion on threats to her throne whilst delivering a stirring speech to the troops at Tilbury. Her celebrated words and the manner in which the enemy met defeat in English waters sent a message to the world, one which could not be ignored.
On 23rd March 1603 Elizabeth Tudor died having never wed nor produced an heir. Her forty-four years on the throne saw England's reputation and influence as a seafaring nation, rich in culture and the arts, greatly expand. Elizabeth would be known forever as the Virgin Queen who defeated all threats to her nation and established an English identity, which would continue long after her death. Her successor to the throne was James VI of Scotland, the son of her beheaded cousin Mary. James VI of Scotland became James I of England, the first monarch to bring England and Scotland together into one United Kingdom.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic Churches & Religion • Government & Politics • Wars, Non-US • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1558.
Location. 51° 30.413′ N, 0° 5.426′ W. Marker is in Southwark, England, in Greater London. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cathedral Street and Montague Close, on the right when traveling north. Located next to the Golden Hind at St Mary Overie Dock. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Southwark, England SE1 9DG, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sir Francis Drake (here, next to this marker); The Legend of Mary Overie (a few steps from this marker); Old Thameside Inn (a few steps from this marker); St. Saviour’s Southwark Private Property (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary Overie’s Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jubilee Walkway – Southwark (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Thameside Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Winchester Palace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwark.
Also see . . .
1. Elizabeth I of England on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. The Golden Hinde website. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.