Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ivan the Terrible & Elizabeth I

So this semester I'm taking History of the World since 1500. It's been an interesting class so far. We're covering absolutist monarchs of the 16th century: Ivan the Terrible, Louis XIV, and Elizabeth I. Actually I didn't go to class the day we covered Louis, so I don't know what was so absolutist about him--except that he killed people who left the Catholic church.

We spent most of our time covering Ivan the Terrible--about a week!--because our professor is a Russian historian, and can really go on and on about it. Let me tell you, Ivan was pretty terrible! I'll spare you the grisley details, but suffice it to say, I thought I was going to throw up a couple of times. He makes Hitler look like a nice guy. Blech!

Today we covered Elizabeth I, and I was slightly disappointed in the lecture. I think that Elizabeth's reign is one of the most fascinating in history, and it bummed me out that we glossed over it one day--especially after a week of Ivan. Blech! I mean, the woman was one of the most powerful women in the history of the world; ruled England for 45 years; built the world's most powerful navy from nothing, and destroyed the Spanish Armada; expanded England's military, political, and economic power; formalized the Anglican faith, and brought religious peace to England; was a patron of the arts (Shakespeare anyone??); and had a most fascinating personal life. Wouldn't you agree that she deserves more than a quick, 40 minute summary?

The Rennaisance is one of the greatest cultural revolutions--ever!--and this is the time that England really rises into power and becomes one of the greatest forces in the Western world!! And we skip over all that for sick-o Ivan the Terrible?!? Blech!

OK, I've got that off my chest now. Maybe now my wounds can start to heal.



Cupcake said...

Poor Lissa! At least you don't have Pompous Ass for your teacher even though you would cover Elizabeth really well. . .which would you prefer?

Misslizabennet said...

Oh I would gladly take LaRae over Pompous Ass, anyday! That's what really bums me out: Pompous Ass just HAD to be a British historian. I must pout now. :(