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HISTORY

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ENGLAND.

CHA P. XXXIX.

ELIZABETH.

Queen's popularity.Re-establishment of the proteftant religion. A parliament. Peace with France. Difguft between the queen and Mary queen of Scots. Affairs of Scotland.Reformation in Scotland.Civil wars in Scotland.Interpofal of the queen in the affairs of Scotland.- Settlement of Scotland.French affairs.- -Arrival of Mary in Scotland. Bigotry of the Scotch reformers.Wife government of Elizabeth,

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'N a nation fo divided as the English, it could scarcely CHA P. be expected, that the death of one fovereign, and XXXIX. the acceffion of another, who was generally believed to

have embraced oppofite principles to those which prevail- 1558. ed, could be the object of universal fatisfaction: Yet Queen's fo much were men difpleased with the prefent con- popularity. duct of affairs, and such apprehenfions were entertained of futurity, that the people, overlooking their theological difputes, expreffed a general and unfeigned joy that the fcepter had passed into the hand of Elizabeth. That princefs had discovered great prudence in her condu&t during the reign of her fifter; and as men were sensible of the imminent danger, to which she was every moment expofed, compaffion towards her situation, and concern for her fafety, had rendered her, to an uncommon degree, VOL. V.

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