No one inany more than inwould have predicted that—despite the social discord, political floundering, and international humiliation of the past decade—the kingdom again stood on the threshold of an extraordinary reign. Henry had defied the pope and broken England from the authority of the Roman Catholic Church in order to dissolve his marriage with his first wife, Catherine of Aragonwho had borne him a daughter, Mary. Before Elizabeth reached her third birthday, her father had her mother beheaded on charges of adultery and treason. Apparently, the king was undeterred by the logical inconsistency of simultaneously invalidating the marriage and accusing his wife of adultery.
Elizabeth was an immensely popular Queen, and her popularity has waned little with the passing of four hundred years.
She is still one of the best loved monarchs, and one of the most admired rulers of all time. The Queen became a legend in her own lifetime, famed for her remarkable abilities and achievements.
Yet, about Elizabeth the woman, we know very little. She is an enigma, and was an enigma to her own people. She was born on 7 September at Greenwich Palace.
He had wanted a son and heir to succeed him as he already had a daughter, Maryby his first wife, Catherine of Aragon He had not divorced Catherine, a royal princess and loyal wife of twenty years, and changed the religion of the country in the process, losing and even executing friends, statesmen and allies, just to have another daughter!
The mighty King felt like a fool, knowing his enemies were laughing at him, and his marriage to Anne never recovered. He also began to question whether he had done the right thing in marrying Anne.
Perhaps God did not bless their union after all.
Henry hoped Anne would have another child, this time a boy, but every time she suffered a miscarriage. History seemed to be repeating itself. Just like Catherine before her, Anne seemed destined to only give him girls or dead children.
Henry consequently wanted to end their marriage. This he did brutally. Anne was falsely accused of adultery and treason, offences that carried the death penalty, and was executed on 19 May There was Jane Seymour c.
Even if the Queen had no personal reservations about marriage, there were political problems with almost every contender for her hand. Religion was a major divisive issue, and there was also the problem of whether Elizabeth would have to relinquish any of her royal powers to a husband in an age when the political sphere was exclusively male.
It had become popular amongst the nobility to educate daughters as well as sons and Elizabeth excelled at her studies. She was taught by famous scholars such as William Grindal and Roger Ascham, and from an early age it was clear that she was remarkably gifted.
She had an especial flare for languages, and by adulthood, she could reputedly speak five languages fluently.Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from to , the last of the Tudor monarchs. She never married and consciously styled herself as the Virgin Queen, wedded to the nation, and ruled over England during its “Golden Age”.
She remains one of the . Elizabeth crowned queen of England Two months after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I of England, Elizabeth Tudor, the year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is crowned Queen. Elizabeth specifically requested that the members of the queen’s council who were executors of ‘the Will of the King’s majesty her father’ read the letter and be allowed to visit with her.
It was a pointed reminder that despite her deprived circumstances, she was still next in line to the English throne. A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF ELIZABETH I. By Tim Lambert. The early life of Elizabeth. Elizabeth Tudor was born on 7 September in Greenwich Palace. Her . Queen Elizabeth I – Tudor Queen.
Elizabeth Tudor is considered by many to be the greatest monarch in English history. When she became queen in , she was twenty-five years old, a survivor of scandal and danger, and considered illegitimate by most Europeans.
Elizabeth I was undisputedly one of the greatest monarchs of England who ruled the country from to Popularly known as the Virgin Queen, her 45 years of Place Of Birth: Palace of Placentia.