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Overall Meaning - Queen Elizabeth

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Elizabeth, Queen of England, Samuel Griswold Goodrich

"Elizabeth, Queen of England." Lives of Celebrated Women. Ed. Samuel Griswold Goodrich. Boston: n.p., 1843. 335-38. Books.google.com. Forgotten Books, 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

Look at lines 72-75:

“She sacrificed everything to her despotic love of sway, her pride, and her vanity, except the interests of her kingdom. These she guarded with care, and, though a tyrannical and selfish monarch, she must be ranked as among the best sovereigns of her time.”

According to this section, why is Elizabeth considered one of the best rulers of all time?

A

She sacrificed her country to ensure that it would be able to rebuild.

B

She was a tyrant and a hypocrite, who put her own interests ahead of everything else.

C

She was a proud and vain despot who put the needs of her country first.

D

She was selfish and proud, yet she guarded her rank as a despot with care.