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Early Elizabethan England (1558-1588): Philip II

AQA, Edexcel, OCR

Last updated 15 Jul 2024

Philip II was King of Spain from 1556 to 1598. Before Elizabeth had become Queen, Philip had been married to Elizabeth’s sister, Mary I.

Philip was a devout Catholic, and as such much of his life was spent fighting for Catholicism against Protestantism. However, despite this when Mary I died, Philip sent a marriage proposal to Elizabeth in order to maintain his power in England.

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