For clarity and ease of access to relevant information I have split this guide into six parts: "Politics and Government", "Religion", "Foreign Affairs", "Society and Culture", "Chronology", "Glossary" and "Further Reading". The later three need no explanation but a brief description of the contents of the rest is necessary.

"Politics and Government": Here I have dealt with both the major political issues of the day and the political machinery of the regime. This includes discussion on the succession issue, Parliament and Council, rebellion and the court and country.

"Religion": Here I have given a brief summary of the theological doctrine being questioned as well as an overview of Elizabeth's religious settlement. This includes discussion on the changes made, the reactions to this and such specifics as the papal Bull of excommunication.

"Foreign Affairs": In this section I have looked at those issues which were of the most importance internationally to England. This includes such events as the war with Spain, relations with the Habsburgs and relations with that old enemy: France.

"Society and Culture": This section examines the culture of the Elizabethans both that of the upper and lower classes. It focuses on the innovations in drama at that time as well as an exploration of the issues arising from literacy.

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