Lead:  On January 14, 1559, Elizabeth Tudor, the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn was crowned ruler of England. She faced a lot of problems, not the least of which, the monarch was a woman.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Prior to the reign of Elizabeth, the English had made every effort to avoid placing a woman on the throne, treating the possibility as it were a plague. Since the Norman invasion in 1066, a woman had aspired to rule only twice. The first was a disputed reign, the cause of much disorder and conflict. The second was a unqualified disaster. With all the difficulties that screamed out for Elizabeth's attention not the least of which was the nation's skepticism about her gender's potential for successful rule.

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