The Morehouse Parish Library in Bastrop held their first meeting for readings and discussion of "Elizabeth I of England and Times" Sept. 10.

The first session was Tudor England and Early Years of Elizabeth: Court Politics Meets Religious and Social Conflict. The session examined the period before Elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1558 including the Tudors finding themselves as English rulers after The Wars of the Roses, Henry VII leaving a wealthy and stable kingdom for his son, Henry VIII's obsession with having a legitimate male heir and his multiple marriages, divorces and traitor deaths used to secure this, his break with the Papal religious authority, Edward IV and Mary's reigns that both created social divisions in the realm, the enclosure of common farmland and the collapse of monastic charities which would all lead up to Elizabeth inheriting a throne perched on top of a powder keg.

The program is part of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities's Readings in Literature and Culture series of humanities programs for adults in public libraries and will consist of six-weeks of readings and discussions about Elizabeth I of England. RELIC delivers diverse and intellectually challenging reading and discussion programs and fosters an environment in which participants are able to examine their own experiences and those of others in the light of historical analysis and literary insights. RELIC is the longest running program provided by the LEH.

The program is led by Georgiann Potts of Monroe. The schedule of sessions is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept.10 through Oct.15. The other five sessions will include: 2) A Woman Monarch Ruling in the Age of the Renaissance Man; 3) The Gathering Storms: A Queen of Scots and a King of Spain; 4) Elizabeth I and the Military; 5) Elizabethan London; 6) The Golden Age: Elizabeth as Mistress of the Island Kingdom.

Texts in the program include "The Life of Elizabeth I" by Alison Weir, "Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London" by Liza Picard and "Shakespeare Alive!" edited by Joseph Papp and Elizabeth Kirkland. Other materials such as period art and film will also be sampled.

"Elizabeth I of England" is funded by the Morehouse Parish Library and sponsored by the LEH.

For more information, call the library at 281.3696.