Music, culture, the arts, maritime exploration - Renaissance England was an exciting place to be. So much happening! Breaks with Rome. Wars with France. And Scotland. And Spain! Twice a month, we'll look at some aspect of Renaissance England that will give you a deeper understanding into life in the 16th century.
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In 1580 Portugal was in the midst of a succession crisis. Don Antonio had a good claim to the throne, but he was illegitimate. Philip II of Spain had a claim, but he was Spanish, and thus, a foreigner. Philip took the throne, leaving Don Antonio an exile with a claim to the throne. He found some support in England, where Elizabeth saw him as an asset in her fight against Philip and Spain in the leadup to the Armada. This one event in Elizabeth's foreign policy sheds light on her calculating nature, and how she. . .
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