A look at some of the history, holidays & observances on November 17
Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th century Hungarian Princess who was married at fourteen and widowed at 20, after which she used her own money to build a hospital and spent the next four years of her life caring for the sick until she herself passed away. A model of Christian charity, she is known today as the Patron Saint of hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, dying children, exiles, homeless people, lace-makers and widows,
1558 – The Start of the Elizabethan Era
On this date in 1558, Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne following the death of her sister, Queen Mary I, a woman whose reign was marked by violence as she sought to undo the British Reformation and reestablish Catholicism as the state religion. When Elizabeth was crowned the Queen, she undid Mary’s policies, embraced the Reformation, and presided over a “golden age” in England, the apogee of the English Renaissance. It was the time of Shakespeare and Marlowe. Drama, literature, poetry and the arts all flourished. And Elizabeth took her nation from the brink of bankruptcy in 1558 to relative prosperity by the end of her reign forty-five years later. During that time, Britain developed its navy into the finest in the world, bringing peace to its shores with the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and engaging the world with exploration and commerce.