Queen elizabeth 1 reign years

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queen elizabeth 1 reign years

The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir


Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.

Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married—was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, The Life of Elizabeth I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.
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Elizabeth I (1533-1603) Queen of England

Jane was proclaimed queen by the Privy Council, but her support Philip and Mary I, during whose reign Elizabeth was heir presumptive where she was to spend almost a year under house arrest in the charge of Sir When it became clear that Mary was not pregnant, no one believed.
Alison Weir

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Queen Elizabeth I claimed the throne in at the age of 25 and held it until her death 44 years later. Elizabeth I was born a princess but declared illegitimate through political machinations. During her reign, Elizabeth I established Protestantism in England; defeated the Spanish Armada in ; maintained peace inside her previously divided country; and created an environment where the arts flourished. She was only 2 years old when her mother was beheaded on the orders of her father, based on questionable charges of adultery and conspiracy. Photo: Steven van der Meulen [Public domain]. Elizabeth I was born on September 7, , in Greenwich, England. Elizabeth was raised much like any other royal child.

This collection of documents introduces students and teachers to the reign of Elizabeth I through the original State Papers held at The National Archives. They have been selected and introduced by eminent historian of the period, Tracy Borman. The documents offer students a chance to develop their powers of evaluation and analysis and support their course work. All documents are supported with some contextual information. Transcripts are provided and more difficult vocabulary is explained in square brackets.


Meet one of the most powerful women in British and Tudor history in our Elizabeth I facts! Elizabeth had a pretty tough upbringing. When she was just two years old, her father had her mother beheaded — yikes! Aww, poor little thing…. Henry was desperate for a male heir to succeed him. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents alike!

Flame-haired, white-faced and always lavishly dressed, Elizabeth possessed the natural charisma of her father, Henry VIII, and was the darling of her people. Her finest hour came in when she defeated the Spanish Armada, catapulting her to legendary status. Although Elizabeth is now hailed as one of our greatest monarchs, she should never have got anywhere near the throne. She was not only a girl at a time when the laws of succession favoured boys, but she had an elder sister, Mary. It is one of the greatest ironies of history that Henry VIII had been so obsessed with having a son, yet his cherished boy only reigned for six years, dying of tuberculosis at the age of just The second in line, Mary, did not fare much better. Her brief, catastrophic reign ended after just five years.


  1. Riley K. says:

    Her half-brother, Edward VI , ruled until his death in , bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey and ignoring the claims of his two half-sisters, Elizabeth and the Roman Catholic Mary , in spite of statute law to the contrary.

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