The life of Queen Elizabeth I can be summarized in one simple word: power. Through endless battles, both physical and otherwise, she ruled for an impressive forty-four years. She unified England when it was religiously divided by constant conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants. However, though her political achievements were plenty, this presentation will focus on the other side of her life: the controversy.
From her birth in 1533, Queen Elizabeth’s life was more like a soap opera than a fairy tale. More than anything, her father, King Henry VIII wanted a male heir to the throne. When his first wife, Katherine of Aragon gave birth to a girl, King Henry left her and married Anne Boleyn. He took a large risk by defying the Pope, who refused to acknowledge the new marriage as legitimate. However, King Henry was sure that his gamble would pay off when his son was born.
Unfortunately that was not the case. After numerous miscarriages, Anne Boleyn gave birth to Elizabeth I, yet another daughter. Quite frankly, King Henry was devastated. Elizabeth was deemed “a bastard” and her mother the “whore” was executed.
King Henry VIII went on to have a total of six wives. This meant that the young Queen Elizabeth grew
She could never marry a man with such a ruined reputation when it posed such a risk to her the nation"tms stability. That is, until 1586, when evidence confirmed that Mary, Queen of Scots was involved in a scheme that entailed killing Elizabeth I and replacing her as ruler of England. Despite the newfound power, Queen Elizabeth still faced obstacles. No matter what was happening in her personal life, Queen Elizabeth clearly put her country first. For the Queen, the deciding factor concerning marriage had to be political, not romantic. When Katherine was accused of adultery and later executed, Elizabeth I reportedly told a close family friend that she would never marry. Dudley"tms wife, Amy Robert, was found dead at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. Unfortunately, once again, controversy struck. When Queen Elizabeth learned of this, she agreed to have her cousin executed. One can only imagine the magnitude of the effect that this had on her views on marriage. Mary I took over but she too passed away after a five-year reign. Throughout her reign, one question was continuously being asked: who would she marry Elizabeth I had many courtiers, but the man who played the most significant role in her life was Robert Dudley, a childhood friend. But still, many expected for Dudley to divorce his wife and for Queen Elizabeth to follow her heart.