I believe the best example of Nationalism during Elizabeth's tenure on the throne was the way her accession day was kept each and every year. Elizabeth herself was the symbol of nationalism, and the best way for the country to show it's unity was during the celebrations each November 17.
I agree with Lara that Elizabeth herself symbolized nationalism not only in her dress, but in the way her court was conducted and in all of her retoric of the time. She wanted foreigners to see that there was no place better than England and no one better than an Englishman. Also she created natiionalism in the church. The high point was probably the victory over the Spanish Armada.
Lara,I meant that I agreed with "British nut," I noticed that you hadn't responded....sorry. Nancy
Elizabeth's virginity claims - the sieve and ermine portraits for example - protest too much. Boyfriends left her private chamber "...when birds sang in the morning" and it was stated by one courtier that "...the Queen goes not on progress but to deliver" She was too smart to marry and lose her power to slimes like Leicester, but she had to maintain respectability as a single women - a difficult thing to do in 16C England
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