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    Maluues is offline Junior Member
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    Default Text (Elizabethan time). Simple past?

    Good afternoon.

    Three weeks ago we got a worksheet about the Elizabethan time from our teacher, called "Elizabethan time".

    The first paragraph starts like this:
    Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife,Anne Boleyn. She reigned for 45 years and has even been called a great queen because the country enjoyed progress throughout most of her reign (1558-1603).

    My question is: Why does the text say:"She reigned for 45 years and has even been called a great queen"

    I would agree if it said "She reigned for 45years and was called a great queen" or "She has been reigning for 45years and has even been called a great queen".

    Her rule is over. It ended 1603. So I have to say " She reigned for 45years" because her lordship is over,haven't I? Since her reign is over and people don't call her great queen anymore ( Why should they? She is dead.....) I normally would have to use "She was called a great queen", wouldn't I?

    Can you help?
    I would be very grateful.

    Best wishes Maluues

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    Default Re: Text (Elizabethan time). Simple past?

    Has even been called a great queen means at an unspecified point (or at various unspecified points) in the past people have judged her to be a great queen. The specific time isn't important.

    The past simple would be used to point to a specific time in the past.

    In 1943, the British Prime Minister called her a great queen.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Text (Elizabethan time). Simple past?

    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes Maluues

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    Default Re: Text (Elizabethan time). Simple past?

    Colloquium is right. By using 'even' like that the writer is distancing him/herself from the other people (probably historians) who have - at various unspecified times - called her a good queen. (The epithet 'good' is used in this context to indicate the religious allegiance of the speaker: people in the past used the expression 'Good Queen Bess' to mean she was a Protestant and 'had no truck with Popery'.)

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