By the 1560s, newly minted Elizabethan coins had helped to renew people's trust in England’s currency at home and abroad.

Various dramatic events led to Elizabeth I taking over the throne from the Catholic Queen Mary I.

Queen Elizabeth I inherited a nation suffering from religious flux, but went on to build a stable, peaceful nation.

After Henry VIII’s death in 1547, Elizabeth went to live with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, leading to a near-disaster. 

In December 1559, Queen Elizabeth I consecrated Matthew Parker as the first Archbishop of Canterbury for the new Church of England.

The Tudor dynasty was founded in 1485 by Elizabeth's grandfather, Henry VII, when he emerged victorious after the dynastic Wars of the Roses. 

The success that Queen Elizabeth I reached with the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was followed by a period of decline. 

John Davis was the second explorer to look for the North-West Passage, in 1585. He also invented the Davis quadrant, enabling sailors to find their latitude.

Early portraits of Queen Elizabeth I stress her God-given right to rule by her death she symbolised national unity.

Sir Francis Drake (1542–96) was a celebrated Tudor seafarer, famous for circumnavigating the world on the Golden Hind and fighting the Spanish Armada.