By 1603 Queen Elizabeth I was dying, after being in power 45 years. Her
successor would be James VI of Scotland, the son of Mary Queen of Scots who
was executed in 1587 by an order signed by Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was protestant and during her reign English Catholics suffered
severe persecution because to the Tudors, Catholics were potential traitors.
Mass was forbidden for them and they were obliged to attend Anglican
Services, those who did not obey, had to pay a fine.
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