Timeline: Political Events

1575 1576 1577 1581 1583
1584 1585 1586 1587 1588
1589 1590 1591 1592 1593
1594 1595 1597 1598 1599
1600 1601 1602 1603

1581
  • Legislation against Catholics - Parliament passes strict legislation against Roman Catholics, including large fines for hearing mass. 
1586
  • Catholic Plot Uncovered - Sir Francis Walsingham, who was responsible for the formation of the Queen’s Men, discovers the Babington Plot, a plan to assassinate Elizabeth I and set the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne.
1587
  • Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
1588
  • Spanish Armada - May 28, the Spanish Armada leaves port for England
  • August 8, Elizabeth I delivers her Speech to the Troops at Tilbury
1590
  • Walsingham dies. 
1601
  • Essex Rebellion - The Earl of Essex mounts an unsuccessful rebellion against Elizabeth.