Throughout her reign, Elizabeth's main concern was the peace and stability of the realm, and religious persecution was only adopted when certain religious groups threatened this peace.
Elizabethan hoped that by retaining the Church as it was, people would become accustomed to it.
She wanted her Church to be popular with her people, and for Catholicism to die out naturally as people turned to the religion she had established.
Martyrs are produced, Elizabeth Castelli suggests, not by the lived experience of particular historical individuals but by the stories that are later told about them.
And the formulaic character of stories about past suffering paradoxically serves specific theological, cultural, or political ends in the present.
She is currently an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County.
The couple reside in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston.
She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and is the editor of a new journal, Postscripts: Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds.
In 20 she was the senior research scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University.
Although Elizabeth had adhered to the Catholic faith during her sister's reign, she had been raised a Protestant, and was committed to that faith.
Elizabeth's religious views were remarkably tolerant for the age in which she lived.
Castelli is associate professor of religion at Barnard College at Columbia University.