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She was Anglican, and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Queen of Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

One of her first moves as queen was to support the establishment of an English Protestant church, of which she became the Supreme Governor. This Elizabethan Religious Settlement held firm throughout her reign and later evolved into today's Church of England.


Anglican Catholic Answer!

Elizabeth was a Catholic, she said so in a letter to her fellow monarch, the Emperor of Germany! She was baptised in to the Church in England and at no time supported protestant ideas. She tolerated them as long as they did not impinge upon the ancient rights of the Church! She adopted the title of Supreme Governor, this was a more moderate stance than that adopted by her sister the late Queen Mary, who claimed to be Head of the Church, though even that was simply to put in to law what was already recognised, that as Chief magistrate, the monarch of any country, is head of the church in civil matters.

Elizabeth was a tolerant ruler according to the standards of the day, allowing,( more or less, ) toleration to Anglicans who left the Church in England on the instructions of the Council of Trent. They were sectarians and schismatics and were known as papists, but Elizabeth allowed them to go their own way and there was some discussion on the new sect being allowed its own clergy! It was only when the Pope ,interfering in English politics , in 1571, published a call to the new Roman Church to unseat Elizabeth and proposed the King of Spain as an alternative, made his supporters in to likely traitors, that action was taken against them. Though even then they were allowed the rule of law! This was tantamount to civil war at least and when Spain proposed to invade England it mounted in to a continental one!


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