In this course, Dr Susan Doran (University of Oxford) explores the reign of Elizabeth I. In the first module, we think about the first five years of Elizabeth’s reign, the problems she faced in his period, and how well she dealt with them. After that, we turn to Elizabeth’s relationship with her ministers, before thinking about how well she managed the religious divisions that pertained in England at this time. In the fourth module, we consider how well Elizabeth dealt with the economic issues of the time, before moving on to the problems surrounding the succession and the final decade of her reign in the fifth and sixth modules.
Dr Susan Doran is a British historian whose primary studies surround the reign of Elizabeth I, in particular the theme of marriage and succession. She has published and edited sixteen books, notably Elizabeth I and Religion, 1558-1603, Monarchy and Matrimony and Queen Elizabeth I, the last part of the British Library's Historic Lives series.
Susan is a Senior Research Fellow for History at Jesus College, Oxford, where her specific area of interest is Early Modern British and European history. Previously, she was a Reader in history and Director of the History Programme at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, part of the University of Surrey.