As the title says!
Personally, I'd say Elizabeth (is that too easy to argue?). England enjoyed a pretty long peace time under her rule, and there was decently minimal religious argument going on.
However, obviously the definition of 'best' is important here - how would you define it? I'd define it as a ruler who keeps their country at peace with others, but of course there are things like economic security and charity to the poor etc that could easily be the most important factor to someone else.
As you say, it does hugely depend on how you'd define 'best'. Personally, my knowledge of that period isn't good enough to give a proper answer to which monarch this would be, but I think it would be the ruler who kept the country at peace, but also looked after the welfare of their people.
On a parallel to the original question, however, perhaps the most infamous of the time was Henry VIII; though certainly not the best by any means.
Well she didn't produce an heir, thus putting an end to the tudor reign. I would say either her or Henry VII for setting up the tudor dynasty and securing the throne, an heir, trade relations and foreign relations, increasing the revenue of the crown and instigating law and regulation upon the people. Personal choice I guess
Sorry to be off topic here but I hate the Tudors. In case some people aren't aware, the Tudors were on a mission to wipe out British wildlife and kill all of the animals including hedghogs, rabbits, birds, butterflies and pets. They went around butchering animals and really hated them. Animals in Britain were almost wiped out by these evil people. Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I made the Preservation of Grain Act so it allowed every person to kill and slaughter every creature. Obviously people got sums of money for a killing. No it wasn't for food or really sport. There were drawn targets that if a certain town or village didn't eradicate as much animals, they would get severe fines and imprisonment. Parishes benefited from the destruction of wildlife too as it helped raise money to fill church and lord's bellies.
The Tudors were cruel against citizens also. No to mention how ugly they looked in their weird costumes and hairstyles. Women who committed petty minor offenses were executed by burning at the stake. The society adopted pressing, crushing people to death, relished in public executions that were as disgusting and bloody as any horror film could make. People were also boiled to death!
Sadly children suffered a lot. There was severe poverty in Tudor times. A lot of poor people, and many children, caught stealing some bread crusts were publically whipped.
Murderers and thieves were branded with hot irons and so were homeless people too!!!!
People in modern Britain attack Muslims in Islamic countries. But Britain under the Tudors were far extreme. A person who didn't wear the right dress code was forced into public humiliation in the stocks, where members of the public could throw food and even stones.
Women were forced to wear muzzles for speaking. A woman asking for help from an abusive partner or relative was muzzled also.
People's arms were cut off for stealing and even being suspected of thievery.
People who suffered illnesses, ailments, were alcoholic, mentally ill and disabled were always humiliated. Another favourite at the time was forcing someone to wear a barrel so everyone could torture them.
People wish to return to those good old days?
Some people want to go back. I don't.
Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Supreme-Governor of The Church of England.
She ended the Tudors.