Elizabeth I was the queen of England from 1558 to 1603. During this time she made many great changes for England. She never married and ruled England by her self. Many people look upon her as the greatest queen in England of all time. The people of England had great respect for her and she had respect for the people.
Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace on September 7, 1533. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn the second of his six wives. Before Elizabeth reached her third birthday her mother was beheaded on charges of adultery and treason. King Henry paid little attention to her and moved Elizabeth to a house in the country. Elizabeth was provided with excellent tutors and loved learning. She learned to speak five different languages including Greek, Latin, French, and Italian. One of her tutors wrote,”Her perseverance is equal to that of a man, and her memory long keeps what it quickly picks up. She talks French and Italian as well as she does English. When she writes Greek and Latin, nothing is more beautiful than her handwriting. She delights as much in music as she is skillful in it.”
King Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, gave birth to Edward VI. King Henry died when Edward was only ten years old. Elizabeth’s half-brother became heir to the throne at age ten. He died in 1553 and Elizabeth’s half sister from her father’s first marriage, Mary became queen. Queen Mary distrusted Elizabeth, who was next in line to be queen. Elizabeth did her best to avoid politics while Mary was in power but came under suspicion in 1554. Queen Mary was a Catholic and Elizabeth was a protestant. A protestant uprising known as Wyatt’s Rebellion tried to overtake Queen Mary but failed. Queen Mary suspected Elizabeth of helping plot the uprising. Elizabeth spent two months in jail while and investigation was held. No evidence of Elizabeth committing a crime was found. Que