Elizabeth I

Events

Accession of Elizabeth I

1558

Sir William Cecil appointed secretary

1558

Influenza empidemic continues

1558

Coronation of Elizabeth I

1559

Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity

1559

Fourth set of royal injunctions issued

1559

Mather Parker appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

1559

Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis signed

1559

Elizabeth aids the Lords of the Congregation in Scotland

1559

Treaty of Edinburgh signed

1560

Undebased currency completely restored

1561

Elizabeth seriously ill with smallpox

1562

Military support for French Huguenots

1562

Publication of Foxe's 'Bool of Martys'

1563

Statute of Artificers

1563

Elizabeth urged to marry

1563

Thirty-Nine articles issued

1563

Treaty of Troyes signed

1564

Elizabeth again pressed to marry

1566

Parker's Advertisments

1566

Mary, Queen of Scots, forced to abdicate

1567

MQoS flees to England

1568

Elizabeth impounds Spanish bullion

1568

Clash between Spanish fleet and English fleet under John Hawkins

1568

Northern Rebellion

1569

Elizabeth excommunicated by Pope Pius V

1570

Ridolfi Plot

1571

Cecil raised to the peerage as Lord Burghley

1571

Treaty of Blois signed

1572

Cartwright and Field begin campaign for reform of organisation of English Church

1572

Duke of Norfolk executed

1572

Sir Francis Walsingham appointed secretary of state

1573

Arrival of first Catholic missionary priests

1574

Edmund Grindal appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

1575

Suspension of Grindal

1577

Execution of first Catholic priest, Cuthbert Mayne

1577

Marriage negotiations between EI and Duke of Anjou

1579

Arrival of first Jesuit missionaries

1580

Tightening of anti-Catholic laws

1581

Throckmorton Plot

1583

Whitgift's Articles issued

1583

John Whitgift appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

1583

Treaty of Joinville

1583

Bond of Association

1584

Catholic League formed

1584

Expulsion of Spanish ambassador

1584

Assassination of William of Orange

1584

Treaty of Nonsuch

1585

Start of War between England and Spain

1585

Further tightening of anti-Catholic legislation

1585

Parry Plot

1585

Babington Plot

1586

Treaty of Berwick

1586

MQoS convicted of treason

1586

MQoS executed

1587

Successful English attack on Spanish fleet

1587

Death of Earl of Leicester

1588

Defeat of Spanish Armada

1588

First 'Marprelate' tracts published

1588

Death of Walsingham

1590

Robert Cecil promoted to Privy Council

1591

Death of Sir Christopher Hatton

1591

Execution of Separists

1593

Start of Tyrone Rebellion in Ireland

1594

Harvest failure

1594

Harvest failure

1595

Cecil appointed secretary of state

1596

Harvest failure

1596

Food riots

1596

Harvest failure

1597

Reports of starvation in parts of the north

1597

Death of Lord Burghley

1598

Defeat of English force in Ireland at Battle of Yellow Ford

1598

Poor Law enacted

1598

Cecil appointed Master of Wards

1599

Essex returns from Ireland

1599

Execution of Essex

1601

Essex Rebellion

1601

Poor Law revised

1601

Agitation in Parliament over monopolies

1601

Death of Elizabeth I and accession of James I

1603