Elizabeth Tudor

Topics: Elizabeth I of England, Mary I of England, Henry VIII of England Pages: 4 (1116 words) Published: April 3, 2013



Elizabeth's Background
Elizabeth I was born September 7, 1533 at Greenwich Palace. She was the second daughter of King Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. Elizabeth's had an older half-sister Mary and a younger half-brother, Edward. Elizabeth had a remarkable intelligence from a very young age. She received an excellent education and learned many languages: Latin, Flemish, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish and some Welsh along with lessons in architecture, astronomy, geography, mathematics and in lighter subjects such as dancing, etiquette, horseback riding and sewing. King Henry died when Elizabeth was 14 years old, thus putting her ten-year-old brother and great friend, Edward VI on the throne. There were many plots against the young king and Elizabeth was named in one; however she was found not guilty. Edward survived the plots and ruled for six years until his early death at the age of 16 in 1553 from tuberculosis. Her devout Catholic sister Mary became Queen of England. Mary hated her Protestant sister Elizabeth and imprisoned her half-sister Elizabeth in the Tower of London, suspecting her of plotting to overthrow her in 1554. Elizabeth survived her two months in the Tower by providing only "answerless answers" to her interrogators making it impossible for anyone to prove her guilty. She also wrote her Mary heart-felt letters, playing on her half-sister's emotions so that Queen Mary could not bring herself to order the beheading of Elizabeth. When Mary’s pregnancy in fact turned out to be ovarian disease, Mary requested the Parliament to allow her husband Philip to rule which they denied. Upon Mary I death on November 17, 1558 and at 25 years old, Elizabeth ascended the throne of England. Elizabeth's coronation took place on January 15, 1559, was...

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