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Monday, February 25, 2008
Fact of the Day
On this date in 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I of England. One might wonder if she actually cared since, as the daughter of Henry VIII, who had his own differences of opinion with the papacy, she'd been reared as a Protestant. She also knew that the Pope did not consider her the rightful ruler of England. After all, after her mother was beheaded, she was declared illegitimate and all her titles were stripped from her. At three years old, however, you can be assured she probably didn't notice the loss.

England had become a Protestant nation in 1559 with the passage of the Act of Supremacy. Elizabeth became the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, answerable to no one but God.

I think it would be safe to say that being excommunicated 11 years later by the head of a religion she no longer practiced probably didn't faze her one bit.

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