This earned her the nickname 'Bloody Mary'. If they did not take it, then they would lose their office. Women were considered inferior in matters of religion and spirituality and therefore, Elizabeth being in charge would not have gone down well in the male dominated society.
Following the death of Mary, many Protestants returned to England in the belief that the country would be Protestant Conversely, many Roman Catholics had opted to remain in England as Elizabeth had given them the impression that she, unlike her sister, was more tolerant of differing views There was growing religious unrest in France.
She tried to make everyone happy and to at least avoid infuriating any more people. This prompted debate over the issue.
Elizabeth was a Protestant from the very beginning. From the beginning of her reign Elizabeth tried to reserve